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, etc.; used in the treatment of cerebral edema and increased intracranial pressure. [osmosis + therapy]

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os·mo·ther·a·py (oz″mo-therґə-pe) [osmo-2 + therapy] treatment by the intravenous injection of hypertonic solutions to produce dehydration.

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