par·​en·​ter·​al pə-ˈren-tə-rəl How to pronounce parenteral (audio)
: situated or occurring outside the intestine
especially : introduced otherwise than by way of the intestines
parenterally adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These solutions of life-sustaining minerals are key to a therapy called total parenteral nutrition, in which an infant’s complete nutritional requirements are infused directly into a vein. Brenda Goodman, CNN, 29 Dec. 2022 The diarrhea also won't let up even with dietary changes, such as by going gluten-free, so many people with autoimmune enteropathy will need parenteral nutrition. Korin Miller,, 22 Nov. 2021 Sixty percent would be attributable to four childbirth interventions—parenteral administration of uterotonics, antibiotics, and anticonvulsants, and clean birth environments. Katharine Gammon, The Atlantic, 24 Dec. 2020 The company’s adjoining facility in Birmingham also offers development and manufacturing services for parenteral drug products, and application development and scale-up services for implantable medical devices. William Thornton |, al, 13 May 2020 Julius was receiving a life supporting solution called total parenteral nutrition through an IV thanks to the development and donation of solutions from Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. CBS News, 15 July 2017 As a result, the 6-year-old receives treatment through total parenteral nutrition, a feeding method designed to bypass the gastrointestinal tract. Kaitlyn Schwers,, 26 May 2017 See More

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary para- + enteral

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parenteral was in 1906

Dictionary Entries Near parenteral

Cite this Entry

“Parenteral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
par·​en·​ter·​al pə-ˈrent-ə-rəl How to pronounce parenteral (audio)
: situated or occurring outside the intestine
parenteral drug administration by intravenous, intramuscular, or subcutaneous injection
especially : introduced otherwise than by way of the intestines
enteric versus parenteral feeding
parenterally adverb


2 of 2 noun
: an agent (as a drug or solution) intended for parenteral administration
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