par·​en·​ter·​al | \ pə-ˈren-tə-rəl How to pronounce parenteral (audio) \

Definition of parenteral

: situated or occurring outside the intestine especially : introduced otherwise than by way of the intestines

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Other Words from parenteral

parenterally \ pə-​ˈren-​tə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce parenteral (audio) \ adverb

Examples of parenteral in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of parenteral

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parenteral

International Scientific Vocabulary para- + enteral

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The first known use of parenteral was in 1906

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“Parenteral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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par·​en·​ter·​al | \ pə-ˈrent-ə-rəl How to pronounce parenteral (audio) \

Medical Definition of parenteral

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Other Words from parenteral

parenterally \ -​rə-​lē How to pronounce parenteral (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of parenteral (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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