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

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Per Medical Xpress, the treatment involves five pills taken orally for a duration of six months. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "F.D.A. Approves New Treatment for Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis," 15 Aug. 2019 It is usually taken orally or intravenously, and is used by all ages. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "County fair doping scandal: Child's prize winning lamb was on performance enhancing drugs," 23 July 2019 That information was disclosed in writing on his Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office job application, according to Pierce’s legal team, and orally during his job interview for the sheriff’s office, a transcript of which is in the court record. Washington Post, "HIV-positive man sues over lost job offer," 17 Aug. 2019 Pretomanid, a compound developed by the nonprofit TB Alliance and approved by the FDA on Wednesday, forms part of a three-drug regimen that people can take orally over six months. Katie Hunt, CNN, "New treatment approved for drug-resistant tuberculosis," 15 Aug. 2019 In other news, Trotman says three-star offensive tackle Patrick Selna has orally committed to Tulane. Matt Schwab, The Mercury News, "Trotman opens up about decision to resign as Piedmont football coach," 6 Aug. 2019 Epidiolex is taken orally to help control seizures. oregonlive.com, "Wilsonville mom loses bid to treat 13-year-old’s cancer with CBD, not surgery," 1 Aug. 2019 Like the senator, Mr. Mitchell’s family lineage was orally passed from generation to generation. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, "Sen. Elizabeth Warren Officially Enters 2020 Presidential Race," 9 Feb. 2019 The producer further alleges that he was orally promised a $2 million fee and first-dollar gross for Hobbs & Shaw — an arrangement based on Moritz’s agreements for earlier Fast & Furious movies. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Universal Stuck in Court With 'Fast and Furious' Producer," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of orally

1608 , in the meaning defined at sense 2

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