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lose

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transitive verb \ˈlüz\

Medical Definition of lose

lost \ˈlȯst\play los·ing

  1. 1:  to become deprived of or lacking in <lose consciousness> <lost her sense of smell>; also :  to part with in an unforeseen or accidental manner <lose a leg in an auto crash>

  2. 2a:  to suffer deprivation through the death or removal of or final separation from (a person) <lost a son in the war>b:  to fail to keep (a patient) from dying <have lost many fewer pneumonia cases since penicillin came into use>

  3. 3:  to fail to keep, sustain, or maintain <lose one's balance>

  4. 4:  to free oneself from :  get rid of <dieting to lose weight>





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