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[pa-ren-ter-uh l] /pæˈrɛn tər əl/
adjective, Anatomy, Medicine/Medical, Physiology.
taken into the body in a manner other than through the digestive canal.
not within the intestine; not intestinal.
Origin of parenteral
First recorded in 1905-10; par- + enter- + -al1
Related forms
parenterally, adverb Unabridged
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adjective (med)
(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
Derived Forms
parenterally, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from para-1 + entero- + -al1
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Word Origin and History for parenteral

1905, from para- (1) + Greek enteron "intestine" (see enteric).

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parenteral in Medicine

parenteral par·en·ter·al (pā-rěn'tər-əl)

  1. Located outside the alimentary canal.

  2. Taken into the body or administered in a manner other than through the digestive tract, as by intravenous or intramuscular injection.

par·en'ter·al·ly adv.
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