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dose

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noun \ˈdōs\

Simple Definition of dose

  • : the amount of a medicine, drug, or vitamin that is taken at one time

  • : an amount of a substance

  • : an amount of something that a person experiences

Full Definition of dose

  1. 1 a :  the measured quantity of a therapeutic agent to be taken at one time b :  the quantity of radiation administered or absorbed

  2. 2 :  a portion of a substance added during a process

  3. 3 :  an amount of something likened to a prescribed or measured quantity of medicine <a daily dose of hard work> <a dose of scandal>

  4. 4 :  a gonorrheal infection

Examples of dose

  1. I've been taking the same dose for five years.

  2. a large dose of vitamin C

  3. The drug is lethal even in small doses.

  4. a large dose of sugar

  5. a high dose of radiation

  6. Her parents hoped a daily dose of hard work would keep her out of trouble.

  7. He needs a good dose of reality.



Origin of dose

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin dosis, from Greek, literally, act of giving, from didonai to give — more at date


First Known Use: 15th century

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dose

verb

Simple Definition of dose

  • : to give a dose of medicine to (someone or something)

  • : to give an amount of a substance to (someone or something)

  • : to add something to (something)

Full Definition of dose

doseddos·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a dose to; especially :  to give medicine to

  3. 2 :  to divide (as a medicine) into doses

  4. 3 :  to treat with an application or agent

Examples of dose

  1. Most patients are dosed at 50 milligrams per day.



1654

First Known Use of dose

1654



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