from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A specified quantity of a therapeutic agent, such as medicine, prescribed to be taken at one time or at stated intervals.
  • noun The amount of radiation administered as therapy to a given site.
  • noun An ingredient added, especially to wine, to impart flavor or strength.
  • noun An amount, especially of something unpleasant, to which one is subjected.
  • noun Slang A venereal infection.
  • transitive verb To give (someone) a dose, as of medicine.
  • transitive verb To give or prescribe (medicine) in specified amounts.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To divide into proper quantities for a dose; calculate the amount of (a drug) that should be prescribed for a dose.
  • To administer in doses: as, to dose out a bottle of jalap.
  • To give doses to; give medicine or physic to.
  • In wine-manuf., to add sugar, cognac, or whatever is needful to give a distinctive character to.
  • noun The quantity of medicine given or prescribed to be taken at one time or within a specified time; of liquid medicine, a potion.
  • noun Hence Anything given to be swallowed, literally or figuratively; especially, a portion or allotment of something nauseous or disagreeable either to the recipient or to others.
  • noun A quantity or amount of something regarded as analogous in some respect to a medical prescription, or to medicine in use or effect.
  • noun In wine-manuf., the quantity of something added to the wine to give it its peculiar character: as, a dose of syrup or cognac added to champagne. See dosage, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To proportion properly (a medicine), with reference to the patient or the disease; to form into suitable doses.
  • transitive verb To give doses to; to medicine or physic to; to give potions to, constantly and without need.
  • transitive verb To give anything nauseous to.
  • noun The quantity of medicine given, or prescribed to be taken, at one time.
  • noun A sufficient quantity; a portion; as much as one can take, or as falls to one to receive.
  • noun Anything unpleasant that one is obliged to take; a disagreeable portion thrust upon one; also used figuratively, .
  • noun a quantity of radiation which an object absorbs, or to which it is exposed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A measured portion of medicine taken at any one time.
  • noun The quantity of an agent (not always active) substance or radiation administered at any one time.
  • noun A venereal infection.
  • verb to administer a dose
  • verb to prescribe a dose

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun street name for lysergic acid diethylamide
  • noun the quantity of an active agent (substance or radiation) taken in or absorbed at any one time
  • noun a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
  • verb administer a drug to
  • verb treat with an agent; add (an agent) to
  • noun a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Late Latin dosis, from Greek, something given, from didonai, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French dose, from Medieval Latin dosis, from Ancient Greek δόσις (dosis, "a portion prescribed", literally "a giving"), used by Galen and other Greek physicians to mean an amount of medicine, from δίδωμι ("to give").


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