sup·​ple·​men·​tal | \ ˌsə-plə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce supplemental (audio) \

Definition of supplemental

1 : serving to supplement
2 : nonscheduled a supplemental airline

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Other Words from supplemental

supplemental noun

Examples of supplemental in a Sentence

She receives a supplemental income every month from the government. the new program will provide supplemental health insurance to thousands of workers
Recent Examples on the Web The massive and catastrophic surge in cases has overwhelmed hospitals and caused a scarcity of supplemental oxygen, a necessary tool for treating people with severe cases of COVID-19. Korin Miller,, "Here’s Where to Donate to Help India During Its Devastating COVID-19 Surge," 3 May 2021 In addition, many rely on interventions like feeding tubes, ventilators or supplemental oxygen. New York Times, "Should Nurses Take a 30% Pay Cut When Their Patient Turns 23?," 1 May 2021 The sharply rising case counts are overwhelming hospitals, which face shortages of equipment and supplemental oxygen. Alex Knapp, Forbes, "How Drug Companies Are Expanding Access To Covid Treatments In India," 28 Apr. 2021 She was admitted to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital and needed supplemental oxygen to breathe. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Inside a Michigan COVID ward: Younger patients, familiar sadness and politics," 25 Apr. 2021 Now, six months later, prices still hover at altitudes that require supplemental oxygen. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, "Used Car Shoppers Might Find the Best Deals over 100,000 Miles," 24 Apr. 2021 As a critical care nurse, Chad was able to provide his own care, including managing his supplemental oxygen. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "The pandemic forced this Bay Area couple to spend 14 months apart. What they endured was devastating," 20 Apr. 2021 The 61-year-old was hospitalized near his home in the Chilean capital, Santiago, for nine days and needed supplemental oxygen to pull through. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "First Dose of Chinese Covid-19 Vaccine Offers Little Protection, Chile Learns," 18 Apr. 2021 In the case of COVID-19, steroids are beneficial when the infection is quite severe, as evidenced by the need for supplemental oxygen. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, "Dear Doctor: Why would my physician treat my COVID-19 symptoms this way?," 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of supplemental

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of supplemental was in 1605

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7 May 2021

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“Supplemental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of supplemental

chiefly US : added to something else to make it complete


sup·​ple·​men·​tal | \ ˌsəp-lə-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce supplemental (audio) \

Medical Definition of supplemental

: serving to supplement : supplementary


sup·​ple·​men·​tal | \ ˌsə-plə-ˈment-ᵊl How to pronounce supplemental (audio) \

Legal Definition of supplemental

: serving to complete or make an addition supplemental appropriations specifically : of, relating to, or being a supplemental pleading

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supplemental noun

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