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load

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noun \ˈlōd\

Medical Definition of load

  1. 1a:  a mass or weight put on somethingb:  the amount of stress put on something <this normal instinctive fear which adds its load to the nervous system—H. G. Armstrong>c:  an amount of something (as food or water) added to the body or available for use in some physiological process <the cell's response to an increased metabolic loadEmergency Medicine>

  2. 2:  the number or quantity (as of patients) to be accommodated or treated <the patient load of physicians in private practice—Journal of the American Medical Association>

  3. 3:  the amount of a deleterious microorganism, parasite, growth, or substance present in a human or animal body <measure viral load in the blood> <the worm load in rats>—called also burden

  4. 4:  genetic load




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load

transitive verb

Medical Definition of load

  1. 1:  to put a load in or on <rabbits were loaded with…pyruvate by intravenous injections—Experiment Station Record>

  2. 2:  to weight (as a test or experimental situation) with factors influencing validity or outcome

  3. 3:  to change by adding an adulterant or drug <patent medicines were loaded with narcotics—D. W. Maurer & V. H. Vogel>





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