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[dohs] /doʊs/
a quantity of medicine prescribed to be taken at one time.
a substance, situation, or quantity of anything analogous to medicine, especially of something disagreeable:
Failing the exam was a hard dose to swallow.
an amount of sugar added in the production of champagne.
  1. Also called absorbed dose. the quantity of ionizing radiation absorbed by a unit mass of matter, especially living tissue: measured in gray or rad.
  2. exposure dose.
Slang. a case of gonorrhea or syphilis.
verb (used with object), dosed, dosing.
to administer in or apportion for doses.
to give a dose of medicine to.
to add sugar to (champagne) during production.
verb (used without object), dosed, dosing.
to take a dose of medicine.
Origin of dose
1590-1600; earlier dos < Late Latin dosis < Greek dósis a giving
Related forms
doser, noun
superdose, noun
underdose, noun
underdose, verb (used with object), underdosed, underdosing.
well-dosed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dosing
Historical Examples
  • "They've been dosing her again," pronounced Grandma Padgett severely.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • I've just been dosing on sage tea and honey, and it has about broke up my cough.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • The white man went down the line, dosing each man with medicine.

    Adventure Jack London
  • They're dosing him somehow with some diabolical Javanese thing, those two.

    Cleek, the Master Detective Thomas W. Hanshew
  • Mantelish p. 344 brags about a new solvent he's been dosing its roots with.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • Have you been dosing yourself pretty regularly with these things?

    Cum Grano Salis Gordon Randall Garrett
  • There was not an hour during the twenty-four in which there was not dosing either to cure the disease or to sustain the system.

  • And to obtaining this money might be traced the motive for dosing Lady Jenkins.

    Johnny Ludlow, Third Series Mrs. Henry Wood
  • See him dosing himself with the mendicaments of Northern quacks, and perfuming his handkerchief with Northern cologne.

    The Impending Crisis of the South Hinton Rowan Helper
  • He was told that she had been dosing herself, and he was shown a packet which had been in her possession.

    She Stands Accused Victor MacClure
British Dictionary definitions for dosing


(med) a specific quantity of a therapeutic drug or agent taken at any one time or at specified intervals
(informal) something unpleasant to experience: a dose of influenza
Also called dosage. the total energy of ionizing radiation absorbed by unit mass of material, esp of living tissue; usually measured in grays (SI unit) or rads
Also called dosage. a small amount of syrup added to wine, esp sparkling wine, when the sediment is removed and the bottle is corked
(slang) a venereal infection, esp gonorrhoea
like a dose of salts, very quickly indeed
verb (transitive)
to administer a dose or doses to (someone)
(med) to give (a therapeutic drug or agent) in appropriate quantities
(often foll by up) to give (someone, esp oneself) drugs, medicine, etc, esp in large quantities
to add syrup to (wine) during bottling
Derived Forms
doser, noun
Word Origin
C15: from French, from Late Latin dosis, from Greek: a giving, from didonai to give
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Word Origin and History for dosing



c.1600, from Middle French dose (15c.), from Late Latin dosis, from Greek dosis "a portion prescribed," literally "a giving," used by Galen and other Greek physicians to mean an amount of medicine, from stem of didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)). Slang meaning "venereal disease" is from 1914.


1650s, from dose (n.). Related: Dosed; dosing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dosing in Medicine

dose (dōs)
Abbr. D.

  1. A specified quantity of a therapeutic agent, such as a drug, prescribed to be taken at one time or at stated intervals.

  2. The amount of radiation administered as therapy to a given site.

v. dosed, dos·ing, dos·es
  1. To give or prescribe something, such as medicine, in specified amounts.

  2. To give someone a dose, as of medicine.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dosing



To infect with a venereal disease, esp gonorrhea: What's going to happen is that you'll get dosed (1914+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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