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Dose means quantity (in units of energy/mass) in the fields of nutrition, medicine, and toxicology. Dosage is the rate of application of a dose, although in common and imprecise usage, the words are sometimes used synonymously.



  • Dose (biochemistry), a measured quantity of a medicine, nutrient, or pathogen which is delivered as a unit.
  • Dosage form, a mixture of active and inactive components used to administer a medication
  • Dosing, feeding chemicals or medicines when used in small quantities
  • Effective dose (pharmacology), a dose or concentration of a drug that produces a biological response
  • Absorbed dose, a measure of energy deposited in matter from ionizing radiation
  • Equivalent dose, a measure of cancer/heritable health risk in tissue from ionizing radiation
  • Effective dose (radiation), a measure of cancer/heritable health risk to the whole body from ionizing radiation
  • Median lethal dose, a measure of the lethal dose of a toxin, radiation, or pathogen


  • Dosa or dose, a thin pancake or crepe originating from South India
  • Dose (magazine), a free daily Canadian magazine
  • Döse, town in Lower Saxony, Germany
  • Gerd Dose (1942–2010), professor of English literature at the University of Hamburg
  • Paul Dose (1921–2003), officer in the German aerial warfare force during World War II

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