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

Weekends at the Women's World Cup means that fans only get a dose of two games each day as opposed to the regular schedule of three. SI.com, "Women's World Cup - Matchday 10 Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Team News & More," 15 June 2019 Follow her Instagram stories for a daily dose of positivity. Cady Lang, Time, "The 25 Accounts to Follow For the Best Instagram Stories Right Now," 4 June 2019 City parks have long been a place for urban residents surrounded by the gray of asphalt and concrete to get a small dose of green. National Geographic, "As the climate crisis worsens, cities turn to parks," 21 May 2019 Data from Intercept’s late-stage clinical trial showed that 23.1 percent of patients who got the highest dose of OCA saw their fibrosis improve by one point or more on a four-point scale, compared with 11.9 percent of patients on a placebo. Riley Griffin, Bloomberg.com, "Intercept Tries to Outrun Pharma in Race for the Next Blockbuster," 10 Apr. 2019 Get a dose of the best of Danish design at the Hotel Sanders. 3. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Are the World's 10 Happiest Countries," 21 Mar. 2019 Every year, once a year, Paris Fashion Week gets a dose of American design when the most recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund class convenes in the City of Lights for a cocktail party and presentation—an event aptly named American in Paris. Jasmine Contomichalos, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Played the Hostess with the Mostess at this Year's Americans in Paris Cocktail Party," 4 Mar. 2019 During Meghan Markle's quick trip to New York, she's spent quite a lot of time palling around with actress Abigail Spencer—grabbing a bite to eat at Café Boulud, getting a dose of culture at the Met Breuer. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "6 Things to Know About Abigail Spencer, Meghan Markle's Close Friend and Former Suits Costar," 20 Feb. 2019 So, a 68-kg adult would need to eat 170 of those to get an acute dose of iron and 625 to achieve a 5-gram overload. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "PETA roasts Impossible Burger for rat tests, suggests patties cause cancer," 11 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sometimes fentanyl is absorbed through patches applied to the skin, or people consume it by sucking on hard candies dosed with the drug. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Fentanyl rising as killer in San Francisco — 57 dead in a year," 23 June 2019 Sanjay Singhal, the founder of Audiobooks.com, is funding research into psilocybin and other psychedelics, including a planned study into micro-dosing at the University of Toronto’s Center for Psychedelic Studies. Bloomberg, The Mercury News, "First pot, then magic mushrooms? Decriminalization is spreading," 18 June 2019 There is a definite risk of dosing your pet with fake or stolen medications that can be unsafe or ineffective. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Online pet meds might be risky," 7 June 2019 That can result in adverse reactions that land users in emergency rooms, which has happened in other states that allowed packaging in large portions without dosing instructions, experts said. Doug Donovan, baltimoresun.com, "When are cookies or brownies not 'food?' When they've got marijuana in them, Maryland regulators say," 5 June 2019 Inmates at the federal penitentiary where Bulger was held in Georgia filed suit in the 1980s, saying they had been dosed with LSD as part of the program in the 1950s and 1960s. NBC News, "'Whitey' Bulger prison letters: Love for Trump, disdain for Mueller," 8 June 2019 The water was dosed with arbon-13, a traceable isotope, that became integrated into the seagrass. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's an Omnivore Shark That Loves Eating Plants," 7 Sep. 2018 Because organs on a chip lack a full immune system, cell cultures are frequently dosed with antibiotics to keep them alive. Mark Ellwood, WSJ, "Chipping Away at Disease—and Drug Testing," 11 Oct. 2018 And so, on a hunch, Sananman decided to dose him with Narcan, the opioid overdose-reversing drug. Aubrey Whelan, Philly.com, "West Philadelphia nervously watches as fentanyl kills the unsuspecting," 5 July 2018

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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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dose

noun

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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