Share this entry

Share this page

parenteral

Line breaks: par|en¦teral
Pronunciation: /pəˈrɛnt(ə)r(ə)l
 
/

Definition of parenteral in English:

adjective

Medicine
Administered or occurring elsewhere in the body than the mouth and alimentary canal: parenteral nutrition Often contrasted with enteral.
More example sentences
  • Total parenteral nutrition was administered preoperatively, and complications were monitored.
  • Central venous catheters, often used to deliver parenteral nutrition to preterm infants, can act as a nidus for infection.
  • The available clinical evidence leans heavily on parenteral therapy of inpatients with pelvic inflammatory disease.

Origin

early 20th century: from para-1 'beside' + Greek enteron 'intestine' + -al.

Derivatives

parenterally

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The drug may be given orally, parenterally (intramuscular, intravenous), or rectally in addition to epidurally and intrathecally.
  • They were randomised to two postoperative isoenergetic and isoprotein nutritional regimens given enterally or parenterally; the results have just been reported.
  • Three weeks of antibiotic therapy, with at least the first week of therapy being administered parenterally, is required in the treatment of children with orbital cellulitis.

Definition of parenteral in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…