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 A year after getting the second dose of the shot, researchers compared rates of dengue infection between children who got the placebo and those that got the vaccine, reports Science Magazine’s Jon Cohen. Nina Kravinsky, Smithsonian, "New Dengue Vaccine Looks Promising, but Major Hurdles Remain," 8 Nov. 2019 Olivia Colman, who will soon portray the queen in The Crown Season 3, got a dose of real-life royalty while being honored an investiture service at Buckingham Palace today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Olivia Colman, Star of The Crown, Receives an Honor from the Royal Family at Buckingham Palace," 31 Oct. 2019 Dill — another signature ingredient used in Angry Trout’s fish chowder — is peppered while potatoes and carrots get a heavy dose. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Walleye chowder: discovering it’s a thing along the Gunflint," 23 Oct. 2019 The Ducks expect to get a heavy dose of all three UW running backs. oregonlive, "In a rivalry like the one between Oregon and Washington, anything can happen: Issues & Answers," 18 Oct. 2019 Tweets directed at Lilly’s grandfather — who ran a campaign encouraging seniors to vote in the European election on behalf of their grandchildren — suggested he should be killed with a dose of morphine, Platt said. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "Young female climate activists face hateful abuse online. This is how they cope.," 10 Nov. 2019 She was convicted of murder in 1984 for killing Chelsea McClellan, who was 15 months old, by injecting her with a fatal dose of a muscle relaxer at a doctor’s office in Kerr County. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "Judge again rules convicted killer Genene Jones can’t get Bible, documents back," 1 Nov. 2019 Like most things in John Constantine's world, K-Mag comes complete with a sinister dose of occultism in his own right. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hellblazer' Creators Introduce a John Constantine for a New Era," 31 Oct. 2019 Providence is already supporting this convergence with a generous dose of synchronicity. Patty Limerick, The Denver Post, "Limerick: Zuckerberg stands at the great frontier; Western history should guide him," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But the team confirmed their deadly influence by colonizing some mice with the toxin-producing bacteria and others with nontoxic strains, then dosing the animals with alcohol to damage their livers. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Toxic gut bacteria make alcohol-triggered liver disease more deadly," 13 Nov. 2019 Six patients have been dosed with SGT-001, starting with three at a lower dose; interim results in those patients were previously reported and found to be disappointing. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Solid Biosciences’ Duchenne gene therapy trial halted after patient suffers serious toxicity," 12 Nov. 2019 When released back into the wild, these same sparrows spent an average of 3.5 days, as opposed to non-dosed birds’ half-day breaks, recovering at migratory stopover sites. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Common Pesticides Delay Songbird Migration, Trigger Significant Weight Loss," 14 Sep. 2019 Fadiman, who holds a doctorate in psychology from Stanford University, has been conducting independent research on micro-dosing since 2010. Michelle Pitcher, The Mercury News, "Panel discussion promises to be surreal, sublime and psychedelic," 6 Sep. 2019 Unlike Exondys, which needs to be dosed for years, these medicines could have a long-term impact after just one treatment. Washington Post, "Parents Push One Rare-Disease Drug Through FDA, Not Its Successor," 22 Aug. 2019 Most guidelines recommend dosing at fewer than 30 milligrams a day or not at all, according to the Oregon Pain Guidance Group. oregonlive, "Dad who found 27-year-old son dead from methadone intoxication addresses his son’s drug supplier in court," 13 Nov. 2019 The authors were able to correct their rats’ behavioural and neurological abnormalities by dosing them with pregnenolone, a drug currently undergoing tests for the treatment of cannabis addiction, schizophrenia, autism and bipolar disorder. The Economist, "In rats, cannabis during pregnancy rewires the brains of offspring," 19 Oct. 2019 Guests would purchase a sauce, which would be presented alongside the meal in a sealed container, open it themselves and dose appropriately. Maura Judkis, chicagotribune.com, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 22 Aug. 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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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dose.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dose?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=dose0001. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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