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1 a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
2 the quantity of an active agent (substance or radiation) taken in or absorbed at any one time [syn: dosage]
3 street name for lysergic acid diethylamide [syn: acid, back breaker, battery-acid, dot, Elvis, loony toons, Lucy in the sky with diamonds, pane, superman, window pane, Zen]


1 treat with an agent; add (an agent) to; "The ray dosed the paint"
2 administer a drug to; "They drugged the kidnapped tourist" [syn: drug]

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see Dose



From δόσις dosis “a portion prescribed”, lit. “a giving”, used by Galen and other Greek physicians to mean an amount of medicine, from δίδοναι didonai “to give”.



  1. A measured portion of medicine taken at any one time.
  2. The quantity of an agent (not always active) substance or radiation administered at any one time.


a measured portion of medicine
The quantity of an agent administered at any one time


  1. To administer a dose
  2. To prescribe a dose






Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Dose means quantity in the following fields:
In nutrition, medicine, and toxicology:
In medicine and toxicology:
  • Effective dose, the smallest amount of a substance required to produce a measurable effect on a living organism
  • Absorbed dose, an amount of radiation received
  • Equivalent dose, a measure of radiation dosage to tissue
  • Dosing, the process of administering a measured amount of a medicine or chemical
Dose may also refer to:
Dosage is a synonym for dose, but it can also refer to:

See also

dose in Catalan: Dosi
dose in German: Dosis
dose in Spanish: Dosis
dose in Esperanto: Dozo
dose in French: Dose
dose in Dutch: Dosis
dose in Portuguese: Dose
dose in Romanian: Doză
dose in Russian: Доза

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