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American Sign Language: "pill"

The concept of a "pill" in ASL is generally expressed by just fingerspelling the letters "P-I-L-L."

Another sign is to use a "G"-handshape as a classifier to mime holding a "pill" between the tips of your index finger and thumb.

There is a sign that means "take a pill." It looks as if you are flicking a pill into your mouth.

PILL: "take a pill" (verb form)

You could do a smaller double movement (repetition) of this sign to change it from a verb into a noun.  Or if you do two or more larger (full movements) to indicate a process of taking pills (as in describing the behavior of someone who is always popping pills).



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