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total parenteral nutrition

noun, Medicine/Medical.
intravenous administration of a solution of essential nutrients to patients unable to ingest food, especially in cases of severe gastrointestinal or malabsorption disorders or prolonged coma.
Abbreviation: TPN.
Also called hyperalimentation. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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total-parenteral-nutrition in Medicine

total parenteral nutrition n.

Abbr. TPN Nutrition maintained entirely by intravenous injection or by some other nongastrointestinal route.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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