therapeutic-index

therapeutic index

noun Pharmacology.
the ratio between the dosage of a drug that causes a lethal effect and the dosage that causes a therapeutic effect.
Also called margin of safety.


Origin:
1925–30

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therapeutic index n.
The ratio between the toxic dose and the therapeutic dose of a drug, used as a measure of the relative safety of the drug for a particular treatment.

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