dose

noun
\ ˈdōs How to pronounce dose (audio) \

Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the measured quantity of a therapeutic agent to be taken at one time
b : the quantity of radiation administered or absorbed
2 : a portion of a substance added during a process
3 : an amount of something likened to a prescribed or measured quantity of medicine a daily dose of hard work a dose of scandal
4 : a gonorrheal infection

dose

verb
dosed; dosing

Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give a dose to especially : to give medicine to
2 : to divide into doses dose a medicine
3 : to treat with an application or agent

Examples of dose in a Sentence

Noun I've been taking the same dose for five years. a large dose of vitamin C The drug is lethal even in small doses. a large dose of sugar a high dose of radiation Her parents hoped a daily dose of hard work would keep her out of trouble. He needs a good dose of reality. Verb Most patients are dosed at 50 milligrams per day.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last week, about 2,520 Alaskans received their first dose of the vaccine, but only 586 people entered to win. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Oct. 2021 Ohio reported that another 46,268 people received their first dose over the past week. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2021 Selig had just gone for his first dose of a coronavirus vaccine on a Friday in January, when, around 9 a.m., his cellphone rang. New York Times, 8 Oct. 2021 An average of 384,963 booster vaccine doses are being given daily, while roughly 281,303 people are getting their first dose every day and 292,927 people are becoming fully vaccinated each day, according to Wednesday's CDC data. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 7 Oct. 2021 In Louisville, 64% of people have received at least their first dose — 491,744 people— with 56% having completed a vaccine series, or 430,000 people. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 6 Oct. 2021 Their first vaccine dose was required by Oct. 1, and a second (for those who chose Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines) must be complete by Nov 1, officials said. The Enquirer, 4 Oct. 2021 The Empire State's hospitals dismissed or suspended dozens of workers for failing to meet last week's deadline requiring them to get at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2021 At the time, all of the volunteers had received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, either from AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech, the two vaccines that were first authorized there. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Following the recommendations of its vaccine advisory committee, the Food and Drug Administration gave emergency use authorization to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine booster dose for certain populations. Matthew Woodruff, The Conversation, 25 Sep. 2021 Hendrickson said the drug is difficult to dose for patients and people could have severe reactions with other prescribed medications. oregonlive, 17 Sep. 2021 Fewer than 400,000 Americans are getting their first vaccine dose each day — down from a high of more than 2 million per day in April. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 Biden also pledged an additional $2 billion in funding contingent on contributions from other nations and dose delivery targets being met. Kate Sullivan, CNN, 21 June 2021 This has led some countries, such as Israel, to offer booster shots to anyone over age twelve who got their second Pfizer dose more than five months ago. Jeffrey A. Singer, National Review, 8 Sep. 2021 And since each vaccine dose revs up the immune system, Segev says each shot comes with a small risk of things like organ rejection or disease flare-ups for patients who take immunosuppressants. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 11 Aug. 2021 The number of people receiving their first vaccine dose each day in Louisiana has increased from an average of about 2,500 people at the end of June to nearly 12,000 people at the end of July, according to CDC data. BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2021 The vaccine dose that works best in adults might cause a high fever in children, for instance. Judy Martin, Quartz, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of dose

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dose

Noun

Middle English, from Middle French, from Late Latin dosis, from Greek, literally, act of giving, from didonai to give — more at date

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“Dose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dose. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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dose

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the amount of a medicine, drug, or vitamin that is taken at one time
: an amount of a substance
: an amount of something that a person experiences

dose

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give a dose of medicine to (someone or something)
: to give an amount of a substance to (someone or something)
: to add something to (something)

dose

noun
\ ˈdōs How to pronounce dose (audio) \

Kids Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a measured amount to be used at one time a dose of medicine

dose

verb
dosed; dosing

Kids Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give medicine to

dose

noun
\ ˈdōs How to pronounce dose (audio) \

Medical Definition of dose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the measured quantity of a therapeutic agent to be taken at one time
b : the quantity of radiation administered or absorbed
2 : a gonorrheal infection

dose

verb
dosed; dosing

Medical Definition of dose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to divide (as a medicine) into doses
2 : to give a dose to especially : to give medicine to
3 : to treat with an application or agent

intransitive verb

: to take medicine he is forever dosing but he gets worse

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