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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The man spent almost a week in the hospital and then needed two additional months of intravenous and oral antibiotics to treat the infection. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Man Developed a Near-Fatal Infection in His Brain Lining After Using a Cotton Swab," 15 Mar. 2019 Flaming Research also criticized the company for administering its therapy through regular syringes instead of the intravenous infusions Novartis uses. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "GenScript Shares Drop on Report Alleging Safety Violations by Unit Partnered With Johnson & Johnson," 27 Sep. 2018 Available as oral medications or intravenous infusions, both forms of bisphosphonates have been shown to reduce fracture risk, prevent recurrent hip fractures, and reduce the risk of death after hip fractures. Farah Naz Khan, Vox, "Doctors are blasé about bone health and it’s leading to more broken bones in the elderly," 30 July 2018 Usually the nurses administer a version of the Myers Cocktail, a mix of B and C vitamins, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and amino acids delivered with an intravenous needle. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "Is the Wellness IV the Next Big Thing in Beauty?," 15 Aug. 2018 To treat the delirious patients, hospitals often give intravenous injections of one of the drugs. Melanie Evans, WSJ, "No Benefit Seen From Antipsychotics Used in Delirious Hospital Patients," 22 Oct. 2018 Using a different intravenous fluid instead of the usual saline greatly reduced the risk of death or kidney damage, two large studies found. NBC News, "What's in the IV bag? Studies show safer option than saline," 27 Feb. 2018 Increasingly, doctors need to administer intravenous antibiotics—as in Osbourne's case—to treat serious staph infections as more strains, like MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), develop resistance to the usual treatment. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Ozzy Osbourne Underwent Hand Surgery to Treat Multiple Staph Infections: ‘It Was Agony’," 23 Oct. 2018 The only realistic potential abusers of Dsuvia are medical personnel, who have had access to liquid sufentanil from hospital pharmacies since the drug was approved in 1984 for intravenous and epidural use. Sally Satel, WSJ, "The FDA Was Wise to Approve a New Opioid," 7 Nov. 2018

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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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