oral·​ly | \ ˈȯr-ə-lē How to pronounce orally (audio) , ˈär- \

Definition of orally

1 : in spoken words : by means of speech The exam will be given orally. an orally presented argument Deaf, signing parents will "babble" to their infants in sign, just as hearing parents do orally; this is how the child learns language …— Oliver Sacks
2 : by way of the mouth The medicine can be administered orally. Another example is amygdalin, which is found in the pits of peaches and apricots. If consumed orally, it is approximately 40 times more toxic than by intravenous injection …— Des W. Connell

Examples of orally in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The ability to compose short emails orally via Cortana was a feature that Microsoft added to Cortana within Windows 10 years ago, then eliminated when Cortana turned into an app. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cortana-powered Daily Briefing hits your Outlook email this month," 22 Sep. 2020 Additional large-scale federal funding would likely go to a vaccine that could be delivered in one dose or orally rather than via injection. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus vaccine on track for FDA approval by end of 2020, says Operation Warp Speed official," 28 Aug. 2020 Dexamethasone can be taken orally, but its injectable form is the most popular version in an emergency room, according to Megan Ranney, an emergency physician at the Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Dian Zhang, USA TODAY, "Demand for dexamethasone rises after study finds COVID-19 benefits, FDA data shows," 3 July 2020 Unlike remdesivir, it can be administered orally, so it can be used to treat patients early in the disease, before hospitalization is necessary. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Efforts at coronavirus vaccines and treatments abound in the Bay Area," 22 June 2020 The drug was given either orally or through an IV for 10 days. Dallas News, "Cheap drug is first shown to improve COVID-19 survival," 17 June 2020 In the trial, dexamethasone was provided at a dose of 6mg once a day for up to 10 days, administered either as an injection or taken orally. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Commonly used steroid reduces risk of death in sickest coronavirus patients, preliminary study results suggest," 16 June 2020 Unlike some other experimental coronavirus therapies which are delivered via an IV, baricitinib is a pill and taken orally. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Lilly starts trials to explore whether its rheumatoid arthritis drug can treat coronavirus," 16 June 2020 As part of the British trial 2,104 patients were randomly assigned to receive dexamethasone either orally or by injection. The Economist, "Light amid the gloom A cheap steroid cuts deaths from severe covid-19," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of orally

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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25 Sep 2020

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“Orally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orally. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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