- taken into the body in a manner other than through the digestive canal.
- not within the intestine; not intestinal.
Origin of parenteral
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for parenteral
The recovery of poliomyelitis virus after parenteral introduction into cockroaches and houseflies.The Biotic Associations of Cockroaches
Louis M. Roth
- (esp of the route by which a drug is administered) by means other than through the digestive tract, esp by injection
- designating a drug to be injected
C20: from para- 1 + entero- + -al 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for parenteral
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Located outside the alimentary canal.
- Taken into the body or administered in a manner other than through the digestive tract, as by intravenous or intramuscular injection.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.