dose

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See also: Dose, dosé, and dōse

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Middle French dose, from Late Latin dosis, from Ancient Greek δόσις (dósis, a portion prescribed, literally a giving), used by Galen and other Greek physicians to mean an amount of medicine, from δίδωμι (dídōmi, to give).

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dose (plural doses)

  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.
    • 2014 April 21, “Subtle effects”, The Economist, volume 411, number 8884: 
      Manganism has been known about since the 19th century, when miners exposed to ores containing manganese [] began to totter, slur their speech and behave like someone inebriated. The poisoning was irreversible, and soon ended in psychosis and death. Nowadays workers are exposed to far lower doses and manganism is rare.
  3. A venereal infection.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 382:
      It would be very expensive to cure a dose here, as well as unbelievably painful.

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dose (third-person singular simple present doses, present participle dosing, simple past and past participle dosed)

  1. to administer a dose
  2. to prescribe a dose

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Afrikaans[edit]

Noun[edit]

dose

  1. plural form of doos

French[edit]

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dose f (plural doses)

  1. proportion
  2. dose

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dose

  1. first-person singular present indicative of doser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of doser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of doser
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of doser
  5. second-person singular imperative of doser

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Noun[edit]

dose f (plural dosi)

  1. dose
  2. quantity, amount, measure
  3. deal (great-good) (gran dose-buona dose)

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Portuguese[edit]

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dose f (plural doses)

  1. dose (measured portion of medicine)
  2. (informal) fix (a single dose of an addictive drug)