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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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Recent Examples on the Web Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton found Seth Lookhart, 35, guilty Jan. 17 of pressuring patients to needlessly undergo intravenous sedation to bill Medicaid for the service. CBS News, "Dentist who extracted a patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard sentenced to 12 years," 18 Sep. 2020 Meth comes as crystalline shards that intravenous users crush into a powder, then mix into water, forming a clear solution. Jesse Barron, New York Times, "What Happened Inside Ed Buck’s Apartment?," 16 Sep. 2020 These include intravenous immunoglobulin – a blood product with antibodies that suppresses the immune response – aspirin and steroids, which are also used to treat Kawasaki disease. Ritu Banerjee, The Conversation, "What we know about MIS-C, a rare but dangerous illness striking children weeks after they get COVID-19," 9 Sep. 2020 Both games were hampered by numerous players falling to the turf due to cramping issues, including Stutsman, who was escorted away from the stadium for intravenous therapy after walking off on his own power early in the third quarter. J.c. Carnahan,, "Danny Stutsman scores 3 TDs to lead Foundation Academy past Orangewood Christian," 5 Sep. 2020 Treatments include intravenous immunoglobulin—an anti-inflammatory blood product—as well as steroids and monoclonal antibodies. Robin Lloyd, Scientific American, "Doctors Chase Treatment for Kids Threatened by Dangerous COVID-19 Syndrome," 1 Sep. 2020 Both drugs are delivered through intravenous infusions. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Once precious resources in coronavirus fight, ventilators no longer doctors' first choice," 26 Aug. 2020 An intravenous infusion of the drug brexanolone, sold as Zulresso, was approved by the FDA in 2019. Sneha Kohli Mathur, CNN, "Postpartum depression: A family hopes their loss will help others," 25 Aug. 2020 Remdesivir is an intravenous medication, made by Gilead Sciences, that has been shown to help severely ill, hospitalized patients recover faster. Jonathan Lemire And Mike Stobbe,, "Trump team, without evidence, suggests FDA slowdown on COVID-19 vaccine, teases ‘breakthrough’ on therapeutics," 23 Aug. 2020

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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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22 Sep 2020

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“Intravenous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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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