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 The statewide tally for people who've received at least one vaccine dose increased by 12,070 in the latest data release, for a total of 174,110 people thus far. Christopher Snowbeck And Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Minnesota reports 1,529 new COVID-19 cases, 37 more deaths," 16 Jan. 2021 Both vaccines were sold at $2.75 a dose (the Pfizer vaccine, by comparison, costs $19.50). Washington Post, "India is launching one of the world’s largest vaccination campaigns. But it’s unclear if one of the vaccines works.," 16 Jan. 2021 In another 21 days, Grimes’s residents and staff will receive a second dose. al, "Alabama nursing homes get first round of vaccines," 15 Jan. 2021 Over the last two weeks, Heaton said, every dose of the vaccine the department has been received has been given to a resident. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Navajo Nation leads COVID-19 vaccination in southern Utah, but limited doses slow rollout," 15 Jan. 2021 So for now, even with that first dose in his arm, the family will continue to exercise care and stay in as much as possible. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Tribal health groups are vaccinating teens and healthy adults for COVID-19, a virus that hits Alaska Native people at disproportionate rates.," 15 Jan. 2021 Every last dose in the state has already been tied to an appointment. New York Times, "More Than Half of States Widen Access to Vaccine, Raising Hopes as Well as Chaos," 15 Jan. 2021 Nationally, the total number of people initiating vaccination (first dose received) is 11.1 million people, the CDC reports. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, "Texas leads nation in COVID-19 vaccine doses administered," 15 Jan. 2021 The incoming official said the number is not dependent on an additional vaccine becoming available, like the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine that is awaiting the Food and Drug Administration's authorization. CBS News, "Biden to unveil new $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These drugs have been shown to help relieve symptoms of depression within hours, but each dose only works for a few days. Nicholas Mischel, oregonlive, "New antidepressants act fast but relief comes with risk: The Conversation," 22 Dec. 2020 That’s higher than the National Institutes of Health guidance of 400 to 800 IUs, but in line with the upper end of recommendations from the Endocrine Society, and far below the 4,000 IU daily dose at which vitamin D becomes toxic for adults. Fedor Kossakovski, Science, "Why cold weather makes it harder for the body to fight respiratory infections," 15 Dec. 2020 Emergency Room Nurse Stephanie Fidlin administered the shots, each dose a mere three-tenths of a milliliter. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Just under 200 Wisconsin health care workers inoculated against COVID as vaccine reaches Milwaukee VA Medical Center and Ascension Franklin," 17 Dec. 2020 May 5 | Pfizer and BioNTech dose first participants in the U.S. as part of global COVID-19 mRNA vaccine development program. Express-news Staff, ExpressNews.com, "Updates: COVID vaccine rollout in San Antonio," 14 Dec. 2020 The question is whether to use the 100 million doses on 50 million people, of whom two doses would protect roughly 47.5 million, or to give one dose each to 100 million people and protect at least 75 million. Michael Segal, WSJ, "A Shot (Instead of Two) at Saving Lives," 10 Dec. 2020 In a challenge trial, the first step is to calibrate the virus dose the volunteers will be given. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "U.K. drug trial will deliberately expose young people to coronavirus, despite ethical concerns," 21 Oct. 2020 To dose the right amount onto hands, flip open the cap and gently tip the bottle without squeezing it. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping's 2020 Sustainable Innovation Awards," 20 Oct. 2020 In 2017 and 2018, the only way to dose with CBD was using tinctures and eye droppers, usually mixed with olive oil or some other not-delicious oil. Rachel King, Fortune, "OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder on launching a hemp-infused sparkling water brand," 24 Aug. 2020

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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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Last Updated

22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dose. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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