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

Definition of parenteral in English:


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.


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.


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

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