Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A specified quantity of a therapeutic agent, such as a drug or medicine, prescribed to be taken at one time or at stated intervals.
  • n. The amount of radiation administered as therapy to a given site.
  • n. An ingredient added, especially to wine, to impart flavor or strength.
  • n. An amount, especially of something unpleasant, to which one is subjected: a dose of hard luck.
  • n. Slang A venereal infection.
  • transitive v. To give (someone) a dose, as of medicine.
  • transitive v. To give or prescribe (medicine) in specified amounts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A measured portion of medicine taken at any one time.
  • n. The quantity of an agent (not always active) substance or radiation administered at any one time.
  • n. A venereal infection.
  • v. to administer a dose
  • v. to prescribe a dose

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quantity of medicine given, or prescribed to be taken, at one time.
  • n. A sufficient quantity; a portion; as much as one can take, or as falls to one to receive.
  • n. Anything unpleasant that one is obliged to take; a disagreeable portion thrust upon one; also used figuratively, .
  • n. a quantity of radiation which an object absorbs, or to which it is exposed.
  • transitive v. To proportion properly (a medicine), with reference to the patient or the disease; to form into suitable doses.
  • transitive v. To give doses to; to medicine or physic to; to give potions to, constantly and without need.
  • transitive v. To give anything nauseous to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quantity of medicine given or prescribed to be taken at one time or within a specified time; of liquid medicine, a potion.
  • n. Hence Anything given to be swallowed, literally or figuratively; especially, a portion or allotment of something nauseous or disagreeable either to the recipient or to others.
  • n. A quantity or amount of something regarded as analogous in some respect to a medical prescription, or to medicine in use or effect.
  • n. In wine-manuf., the quantity of something added to the wine to give it its peculiar character: as, a dose of syrup or cognac added to champagne. See dosage, 2.
  • To administer in doses: as, to dose out a bottle of jalap.
  • To give doses to; give medicine or physic to.
  • In wine-manuf., to add sugar, cognac, or whatever is needful to give a distinctive character to.
  • To divide into proper quantities for a dose; calculate the amount of (a drug) that should be prescribed for a dose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. street name for lysergic acid diethylamide
  • n. the quantity of an active agent (substance or radiation) taken in or absorbed at any one time
  • n. a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
  • v. administer a drug to
  • v. treat with an agent; add (an agent) to
  • n. a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact

Etymologies

French, from Late Latin dosis, from Greek, something given, from didonai, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French dose, from Medieval Latin dosis, from Ancient Greek δόσις (dosis, "a portion prescribed", literally "a giving"), used by Galen and other Greek physicians to mean an amount of medicine, from δίδωμι ("to give"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • But there does appear to be a what they call a dose linkage, meaning the more you take, the higher likelihood you may have some of these other problems, Heidi.

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  • For example, Flovent inhalers come with 120 "actuations," or puffs of medicine, because the recommended dose is two puffs twice a day, which equals four puffs a day total.

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  • Since the additional dose is not harmful and provides extra protection even in first-dose responders, everyone is recommended to get the second dose.

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  • When multiple doses are contained in a vial, each time another dose is given, a needle is inserted into the rubber stopper that seals the vial.

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  • Your NP will be available to help you on a daily basis to navigate insulin dose changes, reach developmental goals with your child, and custom work special social situations.

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  • We will take images during the injection of CCK and continue for about 20 minutes after the dose is complete.

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