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Topic: DRUGS, MEDICINES

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: tablete, from table

tablet

noun
     
tab‧let [countable]
1MDMH a small round hard piece of medicine which you swallow [= pill]:
She took a couple of headache tablets.
2 a small hard piece of a substance, especially one that dissolves in water:
water purification tablets
3AV a flat piece of stone or clay with words cut into it, for example above someone's grave
4

be written/set/cast in tablets of stone

British English used to say that something does not change:
The programme should not be set in tablets of stone, but improved continuously.
5 American English a set of pieces of paper for writing on that are glued together at the top [= pad British English]
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