Definition of overdose in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌdōs/
An excessive and dangerous dose of a drug: she took an overdose the day her husband left
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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.


Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌdōs/
[no object]
1Take an overdose of a drug: he was admitted to the 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˈdōsij/
Example sentences
  • 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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