a quantity of a medicine or drug taken or recommended to be taken at a particular time:
he took a dose of cough medicine.
an amount of ionizing radiation received or absorbed at one time or over a specified period:
a dose of radiation exceeding safety limits.
a venereal infection.
a quantity of something regarded as analogous to medicine in being necessary but unpleasant:
I wanted to give you a dose of the hell you put me through.
administer a dose to (a person or animal):
he dosed himself with vitamins.
adulterate or blend (a substance) with another substance:
the champagne was dosed with sugar.
in small doses inf.
when experienced or engaged in a little at a time:
computer games are great in small doses.
A measure of the extent to which matter has been exposed to ionizing radiation
. The absorbed dose
is the energy per unit mass absorbed by matter as a result of such exposure. The SI unit is the gray, although it is often measured in rads (1 rad = 0.01 gray; see radiation units
). The maximum permissible dose
is the recommended upper limit of absorbed dose that a person or organ should receive in a specified period according to the International Commission on Radiological Protection.
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•vorticose • cellulose • lachrymose
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prescribed quantity of medicine. XV. — F. — late L. dosis
— Gr. dósis
giving. gift, portion of medicine, f. didónai
dose (dohs) n.
a carefully measured quantity of a drug that is prescribed by a doctor to be given to a patient at any one time.