[pa-ren-ter-uh l]
adjective Anatomy, Medicine/Medical, Physiology.
  1. taken into the body in a manner other than through the digestive canal.
  2. not within the intestine; not intestinal.

Origin of parenteral

First recorded in 1905–10; par- + enter- + -al1
Related formspar·en·ter·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for parenteral


adjective med
  1. (esp of the route by which a drug is administered) by means other than through the digestive tract, esp by injection
  2. designating a drug to be injected
Derived Formsparenterally, adverb

Word Origin for parenteral

C20: from para- 1 + entero- + -al 1
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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


  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.
Related formspar•enter•al•ly adv.
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