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dependent

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adjective de·pen·dent \di-ˈpen-dənt\

Medical Definition of dependent

  1. 1:  unable to exist, sustain oneself, or act appropriately or normally without the assistance or direction of another

  2. 2:  affected with a drug dependence

  3. 3a:  occurring under the influence of gravity <dependent drainage>b:  affecting the lower part of the body and especially the legs <dependent edema>

dependently adverb



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dependent

noun de·pen·dent

Medical Definition of dependent

  1. :  one that is dependent (as on drugs or a person)



Variants of dependent

also dependant


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