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 intimate sweat session, which is filled with heart pumping lat pulls, ab crunches, and more around their Venice, California gym, also features a healthy dose of glam—courtesy of Lopez. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Rang in 2019 With a Jaw-Dropping Couples Workout," 2 Jan. 2019 And the widespread rioting in France shows the dangers of allowing a healthy dose of democracy to transmogrify into a brutal majoritarianism. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Macron’s Warning to America’s Ascendant Left," 6 Dec. 2018 Given that Lemierre syndrome is so rare, a proper diagnosis requires doctors who know about the syndrome and have a healthy dose of suspicion, Dr. Schaffner says. Korin Miller, SELF, "A 23-Year-Old College Student Died From Lemierre Syndrome, a Rare Infection She Thought Was Tonsillitis," 6 Nov. 2018 Next comes a healthy dose of the Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything Paola Alberdi Uses In Her Nighttime Skincare Routine," 20 Sep. 2018 Residential Landscapes takes us inside the Hudson Valley's most beautiful homes for a healthy dose of envy and inspiration. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fall's Must-Have Fashion and Design Books," 19 Sep. 2018 There might be some tears (from either one or both of you) as well as a healthy dose of guilt (yours alone). Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Parent's survival guide to preschool," 10 July 2018 This was equivalent to deploying 700bn yuan ($106bn) in the financial system, or nearly 1% of GDP, which might sound like a healthy dose of liquidity to shore up growth. The Economist, "China starts easing monetary policy. Or does it?," 30 June 2018 Image The mayor, who was expected to speak in more detail about the project at a news conference on Thursday with Mr. Musk at his side, is certain to face a healthy dose of skepticism from Chicagoans. New York Times, "Chicago Says Elon Musk’s Company Will Build Tunnels and Electric Cars to Go to O’Hare," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Devices like this are effective, but often unwieldy and tend to be difficult to dose. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "8 of the Best Weed Vaporizers for the Total Beginner," 13 Dec. 2018 Having discovered that the Sisters of Quiet Mercy is under the Gargoyle King’s thrall, and that patients are being dosed with fizzle rocks, an unfazed Betty gets right into investigative mode. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Betty's In Serious Trouble on This Week's Riverdale," 6 Dec. 2018 Last but certainly not least, these bone conduction earphones will protect your hearing while dosing you with truly rich bass frequencies. Popular Mechanics, "Get Deep Black Friday Discounts on These 10 Headphones and Earbuds," 15 Nov. 2018 Patients of aversion therapy were also sometimes dosed with nausea-inducing drugs, Dr. Haldeman says. Chelsea Greenwood Lassman, Teen Vogue, "How Gay Conversion Therapy Came to Be, and How It Persists Today," 7 Aug. 2018 An emergency feeding plan to get live fish into her also dosed with medicine is still in the works. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Researchers to try to treat ailing orca J50 for worms," 20 Aug. 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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