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Definition of "discontinuation" [dis•con•tin•u•a•tion]

  • A cessation; a discontinuance. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "discontinuation" in a sentence
  • "Side effects included pancreatitis and shingles that resulted in discontinuation of 5-acetylsalicylic acid, leukopenia corrected by withholding 6-mercaptopurine and self-resolved hepatitis."
  • "It resolved pretty easily, again, either by very short-term discontinuation and then re-initiation of treatment perhaps at a lower dose, or just lowering the dose and continuing to treat."
  • "Researchers say patients should be considered on a case-by-case basis, but at least in patients where bleeding concerns do not outweigh those for stent thrombosis, short-term discontinuation of thienopyridine therapy "may be relatively safe.""