- taken into the body in a manner other than through the digestive canal.
- not within the intestine; not intestinal.
Origin of parenteral
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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
Word Origin for parenteral
C20: from para- 1 + entero- + -al 1
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- 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.
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