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Definition of "parenteral" []

  • Physiology Located outside the alimentary canal. (adjective)
  • Medicine Taken into the body or administered in a manner other than through the digestive tract, as by intravenous or intramuscular injection. (adjective)

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 "parenteral" in a sentence
  • "James Hoffman, St. Jude's medication safety officer, said many patients having organ transplants at the hospital are on nutrition supplements, known as parenteral nutrition, while they recover from surgery."
  • "The inpatient program is organized through the hospital-wide Nutrition Support Service, where the fellow supervises and consults in the care of children requiring extensive nutritional status assessment and parenteral or nutritional support."
  • "The problems have affected mostly older sterile, injected parenteral drugs that are generic and typically sold at low prices for slim profit margins."