Main definitions of subtherapeutic in English

: subtherapeutic1subtherapeutic2

subtherapeutic1

adjective

  • (of a dose or concentration of a drug) lower than that usually prescribed to treat a disease effectively.

    ‘it was a common practice to add subtherapeutic amounts of antibiotics to livestock feeds to improve productivity’

Pronunciation

subtherapeutic

/ˌsʌbθɛrəˈpjuːtɪk/

Main definitions of subtherapeutic in English

: subtherapeutic1subtherapeutic2

subtherapeutic2

adjective

Medicine
  • (Of a dose or concentration of a drug) less than is required for successful treatment of a disease; (of a drug) present in such amounts.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in Therapeutic Gazette.

Pronunciation

subtherapeutic

/ˌsʌbθɛrəˈpjuːtɪk/