A nurse measuring out a dose of medicine.
- The definition of a dose is an exact amount of a treatment, medication, punishment or other uncomfortable experience.
- An example of a dose is the amount of ibuprofen given to someone with a headache.
- An example of a dose is someone driving under the influence spending a night in prison.
- Dose is defined as to give an exact amount of something to someone.
An example of dose is a nurse giving morphine to a patient.
- exact amount of a medicine or extent of some other treatment to be given or taken at one time or at stated intervals
- amount of a punishment or other unpleasant experience undergone at one time
- the amount of radiation delivered to a particular area or to a given part of the body
- Slang a venereal infection, esp. gonorrhea
Origin of doseMiddle English from Old French from Medieval Latin dosis from Gr, origin, originally , a giving from Indo-European base an unverified form do-, to give: see date
transitive verbdosed, dos′ing
- to give a dose or doses to
- to give (medicine, etc.) in doses
Origin of dose< dosethe noun
- a. A specified quantity of a therapeutic agent, such as medicine, prescribed to be taken at one time or at stated intervals.b. The amount of radiation administered as therapy to a given site.
- An ingredient added, especially to wine, to impart flavor or strength.
- An amount, especially of something unpleasant, to which one is subjected: a dose of hard luck.
- Slang A venereal infection.
transitive verbdosed, dos·ing, dos·es
- To give (someone) a dose, as of medicine.
- To give or prescribe (medicine) in specified amounts.
Origin of doseFrench from Late Latin dosis from Greek something given from didonai to give ; see dō- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present doses, present participle dosing, simple past and past participle dosed)
From Middle 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 (didōmi, “to give”).