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dose

noun \ ˈdōs \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of dose

1 a :the measured quantity of a therapeutic agent to be taken at one time
b :the quantity of radiation administered or absorbed
2 :a portion of a substance added during a process
3 :an amount of something likened to a prescribed or measured quantity of medicine
  • a daily dose of hard work
  • a dose of scandal
4 :a gonorrheal infection

Examples of dose in a Sentence

  1. I've been taking the same dose for five years.

  2. a large dose of vitamin C

  3. The drug is lethal even in small doses.

  4. a large dose of sugar

  5. a high dose of radiation

  6. Her parents hoped a daily dose of hard work would keep her out of trouble.

  7. He needs a good dose of reality.

Recent Examples of dose from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of dose

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin dosis, from Greek, literally, act of giving, from didonai to give — more at date


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dose

verb

Definition of dose

dosed; dosing
transitive verb
1 :to give a dose to; especially :to give medicine to
2 :to divide into doses
  • dose a medicine
3 :to treat with an application or agent

Examples of dose in a Sentence

  1. Most patients are dosed at 50 milligrams per day.

Recent Examples of dose from the Web

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First Known Use of dose

1654



DOSE Defined for English Language Learners

dose

noun

Definition of dose for English Language Learners

  • : the amount of a medicine, drug, or vitamin that is taken at one time

  • : an amount of a substance

  • : an amount of something that a person experiences


dose

verb

Definition of dose for English Language Learners

  • : to give a dose of medicine to (someone or something)

  • : to give an amount of a substance to (someone or something)

  • : to add something to (something)


DOSE Defined for Kids

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dose

noun \ ˈdōs \

Definition of dose for Students

:a measured amount to be used at one time
  • a dose of medicine

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dose

verb

Definition of dose for Students

dosed; dosing
:to give medicine to

Medical Dictionary

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dose

noun \ ˈdōs \

medical Definition of dose

1 a :the measured quantity of a therapeutic agent to be taken at one time
b :the quantity of radiation administered or absorbed
2 :a gonorrheal infection

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dose

verb

medical Definition of dose

dosed; dosing
transitive verb
1 :to divide (as a medicine) into doses
2 :to give a dose to; especially :to give medicine to
3 :to treat with an application or agent
intransitive verb
:to take medicine
  • he is forever dosing but he gets worse


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