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overdose

noun over·dose \ ˈō-vər-ˌdōs \
Updated on: 13 May 2018

Definition of overdose

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

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First Known Use of overdose

1700

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overdose

verb over·dose \ ˌō-vər-ˈdōs \

Definition of overdose

: to give an overdose or too many doses to
: to take or experience an overdose usually used with on

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First Known Use of overdose

1700

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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OVERDOSE Defined for English Language Learners

overdose

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

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

noun over·dose \ ˈō-vər-ˌdōs \

Definition of overdose for Students

: too large a dose (as of a drug)

Medical Dictionary

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overdose

noun over·dose \ ˈō-vər-ˌdōs \

medical Definition of overdose

: 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

verb over·dose \ ˌō-vər-ˈdōs \

medical Definition of overdose

overdosed; overdosing
: to give an overdose or too many doses to
: to take or experience an overdose usually used with on


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