Ypotheton collirium

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Ypotheton collirium .i. suppositorium Cassius felix capitulo de disinteria.


Ypotheton AC e | Ypoteton B | Ypotecon f ('t' misread as 'c')

collirium (-ũ A e) AC fe | colirium B

suppositorium (-ũ Af) AC f | supositoriũ B e

disinteria (-teria B) ABC | disintheria f | dissinteria e


Ypotheton is a collirium in the sense of rectal suppository, as stated in Cassius Felix in the chapter De disinteria {"On dysentery"}.


Greek ὑπόθετος,ον /hypóthetos,os/ means lit. "placed under". In medicine: ὑπόθετον /hypótheton/ means "suppository, pessary" LSJ.

The word collirium here needs further clarification since it is used in several senses, e.g. as "eye salve" but also as "suppository" or "pessary". For further information see Collirium.

Simon's alludes to Cassius Felix's De medicina, 48, ed. Fraisse (2001: 136-42) Ad dysenteriam {"On dysentery"}. In 48, 19, ed. Fraisse (2001: 142), he says: Collyrium suppositorium, quod Graeci ypotheton vocant, convieniens his maxime qui frequenti deiectione assellationis surgendo fatigantur - "A collirium, here meaning: rectal suppository, which the Greeks call ypotheton, is best suited for the ill who are exhausted through frequently getting up in order to defecate."

Wilf Gunther 27/06/2014

See also: Collirium

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