bolus

noun
bo·​lus | \ ˈbō-ləs How to pronounce bolus (audio) \
plural boluses

Definition of bolus

1 : a rounded mass: such as
a : a large pill
b : a soft mass of chewed food
2 medical
a : a dose of a substance (such as a drug) given intravenously
b : a large dose of a substance given by injection for the purpose of rapidly achieving the needed therapeutic concentration in the bloodstream

Examples of bolus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The remaining billion-plus bolus that the NIH has to spend? Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 1 Sep. 2021 First, a fast-acting bolus of toxins temporarily freezes the fish; a second wave induces irreversible paralysis. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2021 Disney’s Star Wars arm has promised a krayt dragon–sized bolus of content over the next few years, mostly on the strength of The Mandalorian, Disney+’s ace series. Adam Rogers, Wired, 11 Feb. 2021 This quick test saves him from wasting a bolus of precious (seriously) sperm on a millipede inamorata from the wrong species. Emily Willingham, Wired, 22 Sep. 2020 Audi's brash little bolus is a design statement that eclipses the Bimmer and anything else in this class. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, 1 June 2020 In a worrying sign for Antarctic wildlife, Borowicz has started finding bits of plastic in bird boluses, lumps of undigested food that birds regurgitate as part of the feeding process. Time, 9 Apr. 2020 Then again, the whole interconnected extent of the bolus (in the German original) makes it a natural for the Internet and hypertext. Michael Hofmann, The New York Review of Books, 10 Mar. 2020 Other software programs include StentViz to get better visualization of stents; InnovaChase, which can follow contrast bolus at a rate of 5 frames per second; and Innova Vision, for live 3D rotational images at a single click. Sponsored Content With Emergency Hospital Systems, Houston Chronicle, 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bolus

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bolus

Late Latin, from Greek bōlos lump

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bolus

noun
bo·​lus | \ ˈbō-ləs How to pronounce bolus (audio) \
plural boluses

Medical Definition of bolus

1 : a rounded mass: as
a : a large pill
b : a soft mass of chewed food
2a : a dose of a substance (as a drug) given intravenously
b : a large dose of a substance given by injection for the purpose of rapidly achieving the needed therapeutic concentration in the bloodstream the patient receives a bolus dose to reach the minimum effective analgesic concentration— J. F. Camp subcutaneous injection of a premeal bolus of fast-acting insulin

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