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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After transferring to the hospital, I was outfitted with intravenous Pitocin to hurry labor along, but my cervix wouldn’t budge. Nikki Kolb, Glamour, "A Traumatic Birth Forever Changed My First Moments of Motherhood," 4 Sep. 2019 Lochte, who lives in Gainesville, was coming off a second ban, this one lasting 14 months for taking intravenous fluids. Hal Boedeker,, "Ryan Lochte says he lost will to live after scandal," 19 Aug. 2019 The photo showed Lochte getting an intravenous, or IV, infusion that piqued anti-doping agency officials’ interest. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "What would Olympian Ryan Lochte do? Try to start over again," 1 Aug. 2019 The infection required a hospital stay for intravenous antibiotics, which had to be infused through his neck because his other veins had collapsed from years of heroin injections. Globe Staff,, "In a flash of clarity, lives marred by drugs find meaning," 27 July 2019 Investigators also reportedly found tiny puncture marks in 10 of about 50 unused intravenous bags stored at the nursing station on the fourth floor, which handles the terminally ill. Washington Post, "Japan police search home of nurse in hospital poison deaths," 12 July 2018 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

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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

Other Words from intravenous

intravenously adverb

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