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

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intravenously adverb

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Advocates of such programs say they are intended to help prevent the spread of diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C by providing clean needles and supplies to intravenous drug users. Hillary Davis,, "Costa Mesa may expand moratorium on needle-exchange programs pending a permanent ban," 12 July 2019 Also taking effect is a measure (SB 366) that will allow counties to approve needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of infectious diseases by intravenous drug users. Jim Turner,, "100 new Florida laws go into effect Monday," 28 June 2019 That blood contains a component that for more than half a century has been making sure injectable or implantable medical products — such as needles and intravenous medications — do not contain specific agents that can cause fevers or even death. Maddy Lauria,, "Using synthetic crab blood substitute in biomedical testing could help save horseshoe crabs and shorebirds," 22 June 2019 Generic ketamine has been available for years, at hundreds of clinics around the country; these provide a course of intravenous doses, at $400 to $500 a dose, usually a half dozen over a couple weeks with boosters as needed, for mood problems. New York Times, "Veterans Agency to Offer New Depression Drug, Despite Cost and Safety Concerns," 21 June 2019 The only way to make it through a Juventus game during the 2018/19 Serie A season was to pump ProPlus into your body via intravenous therapy., "Maurizio Sarri: The Manager Juventus Fans Don't Want, But the Manager Their Club Needs," 16 June 2019 Platelets, small cell structures essential to blood clotting, can be collected from donors and transferred to a patient as an intravenous transfusion. Susan Scutti, CNN, "CDC investigates after 4 patients got sepsis from contaminated platelet transfusions," 13 June 2019 Patients typically pay at least $5,000 out of pocket for an injection of amniotic stem cells into their joints or spine, while intravenous administrations can cost more than $10,000 a session. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "Citing “Safety Concerns,” FDA Cautions National Marketer of Unproven Stem Cell Treatments," 31 May 2019 Hanah Polotsky, a doctor of internal medicine for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, said research does not support a link between regular injections of intravenous vitamins and a healthier life. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "Denver’s latest health trend doesn’t involve a spin bike or juice cleanse. Instead, it’s a needle and IV bag.," 14 June 2019

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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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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

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intravenously adverb

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