Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈlōd\

Medical Definition of LOAD

a :  a mass or weight put on something b :  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>
:  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>
:  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
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