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overdose

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noun over·dose \ˈō-vər-ˌdōs\

Definition of overdose

  1. 1 :  too great a dose (as of a therapeutic agent); also :  a lethal or toxic amount (as of a drug)

  2. 2 :  an excessive quantity or amount an overdose of fun

overdosage

play \ˌō-vər-ˈdō-sij\ noun

Examples of overdose in a Sentence

  1. She died from a cocaine overdose.

Recent Examples of overdose from the Web

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First Known Use of overdose

1700


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overdose

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verb over·dose \ˌō-vər-ˈdōs\

Definition of overdose

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give an overdose or too many doses to

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to take or experience an overdose —usually used with on

Recent Examples of overdose from the Web

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First Known Use of overdose

1700


OVERDOSE Defined for English Language Learners

overdose

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Definition of overdose for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of a drug or medicine that is too much and usually dangerous

  • : an amount of something that is too much

overdose

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Definition of overdose for English Language Learners

  • : to take too much of a drug or medicine : to take an overdose of a drug or medicine


OVERDOSE Defined for Kids

overdose

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noun over·dose \ˈō-vər-ˌdōs\

Definition of overdose for Students

  1. :  too large a dose (as of a drug)


Medical Dictionary

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overdose

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noun over·dose \ˈō-vər-ˌdōs\

Medical Definition of overdose

  1. :  too great a dose (as of a therapeutic agent) an overdose of exposure to the sun—Morris Fishbein; also :  a lethal or toxic amount (as of a drug)


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overdose

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verb over·dose \ˌō-vər-ˈdōs\

Medical Definition of overdose

overdosed

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overdosing

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to give an overdose or too many doses to

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to take or experience an overdose—usually used with on



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