Definition of overdose in English:

overdose

Line breaks: over|dose
Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvədəʊs
 
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noun

  • An excessive and dangerous dose of a drug: a fatal overdose of painkillers
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    • Toxicology suggests that fatal overdoses usually involve combinations of drugs, often at therapeutic doses.
    • Although safe in normal doses, an overdose of some tricyclic antidepressants can dangerously affect the heart rhythm.
    • Antimalarials must be dosed carefully and kept in childproof containers because overdoses may be fatal in children.

verb

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  • 1Take an overdose of a drug: he was admitted to hospital after overdosing on cocaine
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    • In other words, his body was not that of a child and therefore he was not overdosing on the drug.
    • It says there are a significant number of cases involving people misreading instructions, and accidents involving children overdosing on prescription drugs.
    • He'd killed himself with overdosing on drugs, I supposed.
  • 1.1 [with object] Give an overdose to: I think he had a quack doctor who overdosed him
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    • Fluoride Free Water said the report was never made public and parents who were using tap water to make up infant formula feed were overdosing their children with fluoride.
    • ‘Every group overdosed the patient,’ Oriol said.
    • The levels in the older girl could have been potentially fatal and Wells had got it wrong and overdosed the girl.

Derivatives

overdosage

Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈdəʊsɪdʒ/
noun
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  • It is well documented that hepatotoxicity in children has not been associated with acute overdosages below 150 mg per kg.
  • Heroin overdosage commonly occurs when higher potency heroin is used or when the heroin is mixed with other opioids, such as fentanyl.
  • A single drug is chosen and levels are monitored to assure adequate absorption and to avoid overdosage.

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