A dose is the amount of medicine you're supposed to take. A bottle of aspirin has the recommended dose printed on its side.

When your doctor prescribes medication, she tells you what dose you should take, whether it's one pill twice a day or two teaspoons just before bedtime. You can also get a dose of something else: having x-rays gives you a small dose of radiation, for example, and watching the news instead of your favorite cartoon can be said to give you a dose of reality. The Greek root of dose is dosis, "a portion prescribed."

Primary Meanings of dose

a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time
treat with an agent; add (an agent) to
street name for lysergic acid diethylamide
a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact
Full Definitions of dose

n a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time

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booster, booster dose, booster shot, recall dose
an additional dose that makes sure the first dose was effective
draft, draught
a dose of liquid medicine
a dose of a narcotic drug
lethal dose
the size dose that will cause death
lozenge, pill, tab, tablet
a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet
a large pill; used especially in veterinary medicine
a pill in the form of a small rounded gelatinous container with medicine inside
pill that is a sugar-coated medicated candy
sleeping capsule, sleeping draught, sleeping pill, sleeping tablet
a soporific drug in the form of a pill (or tablet or capsule)
Type of:
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
(medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

n the quantity of an active agent (substance or radiation) taken in or absorbed at any one time

Type of:
indefinite quantity
an estimated quantity

v treat with an agent; add (an agent) to

“The ray dosed the paint”
Type of:
process, treat
subject to a process or treatment, with the aim of readying for some purpose, improving, or remedying a condition

v administer a drug to

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anaesthetise, anaesthetize, anesthetise, anesthetize, put out, put under
administer an anesthetic drug to
dope, dope up
give a narcotic to
o.d., overdose
dose too heavily
narcotise, narcotize
administer narcotics to
administer poison to
etherise, etherize
anesthetize with ether
cocainise, cocainize
anesthetize with cocaine
anesthetize with chloroform
anesthetize by cold
dope (a racehorse)
have an intoxicating effect on, of a drug
interrupt the normal function of by means of anesthesia
Type of:
medicate, medicine
treat medicinally, treat with medicine

n street name for lysergic acid diethylamide


n a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact

Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, STD, VD, Venus's curse, sexually transmitted disease, social disease, venereal disease, venereal infection
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genital herpes, herpes genitalis
an infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) that is usually transmitted by sexual contact; marked by recurrent attacks of painful eruptions on the skin and mucous membranes of the genital area
clap, gonorrhea, gonorrhoea
a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra
granuloma inguinale, granuloma venereum
a venereal disease caused by a bacterium of the genus Calymmatobacterium; characterized by a pimply rash of the skin in the genital and groin region
lues, lues venerea, pox, syph, syphilis
a common venereal disease caused by the treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta)
LGV, lymphogranuloma venereum, lymphopathia venereum
infectious disease caused by a species of chlamydia bacterium; transmitted by sexual contact; characterized by genital lesions and swelling of lymph nodes in the groin
a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria of the genus Chlamydia
primary syphilis
the first stage; characterized by a chancre at the site of infection
secondary syphilis
the second stage; characterized by eruptions of the skin and mucous membrane
tertiary syphilis
the third stage; characterized by involvement of internal organs especially the brain and spinal cord as well as the heart and liver
syphilis of the central nervous system
Type of:
contagion, contagious disease
any disease easily transmitted by contact

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