dose

noun
\ ˈdōs How to pronounce dose (audio) \

Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

dose

verb
dosed; dosing

Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Noun I've been taking the same dose for five years. a large dose of vitamin C The drug is lethal even in small doses. a large dose of sugar a high dose of radiation Her parents hoped a daily dose of hard work would keep her out of trouble. He needs a good dose of reality. Verb Most patients are dosed at 50 milligrams per day.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During ESSENCE Festival of Culture’s Beauty Carnival virtual stage, the 53-year-old beauty shared the products that give her that kissed by the sun look when that daily dose of vitamin D just isn’t a reality. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "This Is How Cynthia Bailey Is Getting Her Glow This Summer Despite The Pandemic," 5 July 2020 The sheer liquid texture gives skin a healthy dose of pearlescence, adding instant, glowing protection with no visible glitz or glitter. Rachel King, Fortune, "The must-have gear, gadgets, and accessories for safer summer travel," 3 July 2020 Is this Ford really a breakthrough, a car with European breeding, German-luxury-car moves, a strong dose of value, and all the goodness that can be packed into a cut-rate Audi 5000? Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1986 Ford Taurus LX Shapes the Future of the Family Sedan," 2 July 2020 According to AstraZeneca, making each dose of the vaccine costs about as much as a cup of coffee. The Economist, "Covid-19 Oxford University is leading in the vaccine race," 2 July 2020 Casey and Caleb had both been poisoned, the island's coroner said, by a lethal dose of methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA, street name Sally) and cocaine, even though neither man was known to use drugs. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "Her Brother Died Mysteriously in Anguilla — Now Woman Says Wife, Friends Have 'Something to Hide'," 2 July 2020 Get ready for a daily dose of news about positive tests and roster shuffles. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Baseball branding completely off key with sponsored ‘Summer Camp’," 29 June 2020 Sign up for our Health Shopping newsletter to get your daily dose of retail therapy with great deals handpicked by our editors—straight to your inbox. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "This $8 Tan Extender Lotion Doubles as a Post-Sunburn Treatment," 24 June 2020 The first trial, sponsored by Columbia University, is slated to start this month, enrolling 100 patients with moderate Covid-19 and comparing a daily dose of TXA127 to placebo. Damian Garde, STAT, "The novel coronavirus attacks the lungs. A biotech company sees a common enzyme as key to protecting them," 10 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Twelve participants received two 10 microgram doses 21 days apart; 12 received two 30 microgram doses 21 days apart; 12 received a single 100 microgram dose on day one; and nine received placebo, according to the study. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Coronavirus vaccines: 'Encouraging' early data for some, a trial delay for another and more research ahead," 2 July 2020 The Pittsburgh International Airport, in a partnership with Carnegie Robotics, just rolled out five autonomous wheeled cleaning robots which scrub floors and dose them with ultraviolet (UV) light, a first for a U.S. airport. Susan Seubert, National Geographic, "Backyard camping and other ways to fire up wanderlust at home," 13 May 2020 In India, the government has recommended hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic for health care workers who dose themselves as a preventive measure to avoid contracting the infection while treating Covid-19 patients. Bhuma Shrivastava, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Malaria Drug Push Boon for 160-Year-Old Plantation," 10 May 2020 In the early 1990s, Van Beek helped develop the D-dimer blood test that’s used around the world to monitor clot formation in patients, including those with Covid-19, and to dose them with heparin and other anticoagulant medications. Jason Gale, Fortune, "Doctors warn of emerging COVID-19 symptom: dangerous blood clots," 5 May 2020 For the moment, Gilead plans to eventually donate 1.5 million doses, which could cover between 140,000 and 280,000 patients, depending on dosing. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Gilead signals steps to widen global access to remdesivir for Covid-19 patients," 5 May 2020 The medication can come in tablets that are dissolved in water before dosing. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio OKs take-home methadone under strict new guidelines due to COVID-19 pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 But that kind of in-person dosing for people with addiction is beginning to change now with the threat of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, and Ohio has taken a lead to change delivery of the drug. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio OKs take-home methadone under strict new guidelines due to COVID-19 pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 The team then conducted a final experiment, dosing mice with either the mutant bacteria or a saline solution before reinfecting them with normal group A strep three weeks later. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Harmful Bacteria Masquerade as Red Blood Cells to Evade the Immune System," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of dose

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dose

Noun

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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The first known use of dose was in the 15th century

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8 Jul 2020

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“Dose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dose. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for dose

dose

noun
How to pronounce dose (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give a dose of medicine to (someone or something)
: to give an amount of a substance to (someone or something)
US : to add something to (something)

dose

noun
\ ˈdōs How to pronounce dose (audio) \

Kids Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

dose

verb
dosed; dosing

Kids Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give medicine to

dose

noun
\ ˈdōs How to pronounce dose (audio) \

Medical Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

dose

verb
dosed; dosing

Medical Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

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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