total parenteral nutrition


noun Medicine/Medical.

intravenous administration of a solution of essential nutrients to patients unable to ingest food, especially in cases of severe gastrointestinal or malabsorption disorders or prolonged coma. Abbreviation: TPN

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Medical definitions for total parenteral nutrition

total parenteral nutrition

n.

Nutrition maintained entirely by intravenous injection or by some other nongastrointestinal route.
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