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What is the definition or description of: parenteral?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Not through gut: This describes any way of delivering medication or nutrition bypassing the stomach / intestnie ("para" -- alongside; "enteral" -- gut). Most often this means giving it by vein; it can mean injection or implantation.
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Parenteral.: Something that is administered intravenously or intramuscularly. Regardless, the agent doesn’t require absorption by the GI tract - it enters the bloodstream directly.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

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