in·​tra·​ve·​nous | \ ˌin-trə-ˈvē-nəs How to pronounce intravenous (audio) \

Definition of intravenous

: situated, performed, or occurring within or entering by way of a vein also : used in or using intravenous procedures

Other Words from intravenous

intravenously adverb

Examples of intravenous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the 35th day after his symptoms started, doctors at Yale New Haven Hospital infused him with intravenous immunoglobulin. Nanette Asimov, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Oct. 2021 The intravenous drug has been administered to hospitalized patients with moderate Covid-19 symptoms although its effectiveness has not fully been established. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Currently, the treatment option for those with severe Covid-19 infections includes monoclonal antibody treatments, which are usually given by intravenous infusion at a clinic. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Nov. 2021 The intravenous drug is sold under the brand name Veklury and carries a U.S. list price of $520 a vial, or $3,120 for a typical course of treatment. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 23 June 2021 The intravenous drug, marketed under the name Aduhelm, will comprise more than 1% of all national health spending by the mid-2020s, according to the report released Wednesday by the not-for-profit research group Altarum. Ed Silverman, STAT, 17 June 2021 Right now, the only authorized treatments are given via intravenous infusion. Sony Salzman, ABC News, 5 Nov. 2021 The Pfizer and Merck pills, which can be dispensed at pharmacies and taken at home, are expected to reach many more people than monoclonal antibody treatments, which are usually given by intravenous infusion at a clinic. Rebecca Robbins, New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 In 2012, Courtnay decided to try medication again and began taking a biologic that was given through an intravenous infusion every four weeks. Natasha Lavender, SELF, 20 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of intravenous

circa 1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intravenous was circa 1849

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“Intravenous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of intravenous

: through, in, or into a vein : entering the body through a vein


in·​tra·​ve·​nous | \ ˌin-trə-ˈvē-nəs How to pronounce intravenous (audio) \

Medical Definition of intravenous

1 : situated within, performed within, occurring within, or administered by entering a vein an intravenous feeding intravenous inflammation
2 : used in intravenous procedures intravenous needles an intravenous solution

Other Words from intravenous

intravenously adverb

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