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parenteral

[ pa-ren-ter-uhl ]
/ pæˈrɛn tər əl /
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adjective Anatomy, Medicine/Medical, Physiology.
taken into the body in a manner other than through the digestive canal.
not within the intestine; not intestinal.
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Origin of parenteral

First recorded in 1905–10; par- + enter- + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM parenteral

par·en·ter·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for parenteral

parenteral
/ (pæˈrɛntərəl) /

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 of parenteral

parenterally, adverb

Word Origin for parenteral

C20: from para- 1 + entero- + -al 1
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Medical definitions for parenteral

parenteral
[ pă-rĕntər-əl ]

adj.
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.

Other words from parenteral

par•enter•al•ly adv.
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