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[doh-sij] /ˈdoʊ sɪdʒ/
the administration of medicine in doses.
the amount of medicine to be given.
Physics. dose.
the process of adding a sugar solution to champagne and other sparkling wines before final corking.
Origin of dosage
1840-50; dose + -age Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dosage
  • Doctors admit they have reached the limits of effective dosage with chemotherapy.
  • They measure children against a pole, using height to gauge dosage.
  • Perhaps my dosage was too low, or my nutmeg too desiccated.
  • The only problem with magic mushrooms and other hallucinogens is the matter of dosage.
  • They perform complex developmental tasks, tasks that require precise dosage and exquisite timing.
  • She provides a chart to keep track of the name, timing and dosage of every drug you get.
  • It's such a high dosage that it kind of puts your whole system into shock.
  • The dosage you were on is considered by many neurologists to be a place to start and the dosage often ends up being higher.
  • Every source has a dosage level below which it is not harmful.
  • Please believe the bottle when it tells you there's a maximum daily recommended dosage.
British Dictionary definitions for dosage


the administration of a drug or agent in prescribed amounts and at prescribed intervals
the optimum therapeutic dose and optimum interval between doses
another name for dose (sense 3), dose (sense 4)
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Word Origin and History for dosage

1867; see dose + -age, perhaps on model of French dosage (1812).

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dosage in Medicine

dosage dos·age (dō'sĭj)

  1. Administration of a therapeutic agent in prescribed amounts.

  2. Determination of the amount to be so administered.

  3. The amount so administered.

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