One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A device for introducing fluid drop by drop into a system, e.g., lubricating oil into an engine.
- ‘This self-watering plant pot's main feature is a medical drip feed.’
- ‘This is often used by bikes which have a drip feed to the chains.’
- 1.1 A device that passes fluid, nutrients, or drugs drop by drop into a patient's body on a continuous basis, usually intravenously.‘he had been on a drip feed for several days’
- ‘A slow intravenous drip feed of diazepam over 90 minutes had the desired effect.’
- ‘I was not able to argue with them when told that, for medical reasons, the baby had to be put on a drip feed.’
- ‘He might have added that anyone hooked up to a drip-feed in a hospital could clear off as well, since a hospital for women and children was precisely one of the targets bombed last night according to residents.’
- ‘The treatment, which began in April 2001, was a tiny backpack which Jack carried with him at all times, that would drip feed drugs into his heart every four minutes to keep him alive.’
- ‘Feeding difficulties can be minimized by switching the patient to continuous drip feeds.’
- ‘This time she was put on a drip feed because she was not in a position to argue against it.’
1Introduce (fluid) drop by drop.‘the oiler drip-feeds oil onto all drive chains’
- ‘You could, instead of using a tube, you could have a nurse stand over Terri and drip feed food down her throat.’
- ‘Those that can't cope without water are drip-fed via a computer irrigation system.’
- ‘Her mother then tries to drip feed her with a syringe, but she won't take the liquid.’
- 1.1 Supply (a patient) with fluid, nutrients, or drugs through a drip feed.
- ‘Every five days he is taken to hospital to be drip-fed.’
- ‘That was a sensible price for what is an interesting, but very early stage, company whose second big product - a syringe pump, able to drip-feed drugs into the body over long periods - is even more exciting.’
- ‘For four-and-a-half years he wore a tiny backpack at all times, being drip-fed vital drugs into his heart every four minutes to keep him alive.’
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