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osmotherapy

Pronunciation: oz'mo-ther'a-pe

Definition: Dehydration by means of intravenous injections of hypertonic solutions of sodium chloride, dextrose, urea, mannitol, or other osmotically active substances, or by oral administration of glycerine, isosorbide, glycine, and others; used in the treatment of cerebral edema and increased intracranial pressure.

[osmosis + therapy]

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