To restore lost water to the body tissues and fluids. Prompt rehydration is imperative whenever dehydration occurs, from diarrhea, exposure, lack of drinking water, or medication use. Rehydration can be by oral or IV administration of fluids.

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re·hy·drate (')rē-'hī-.drāt vt, -drat·ed; -drat·ing to restore fluid to (something dehydrated) esp to restore body fluid lost in dehydration to <\rehydrate a patient>
re·hy·dra·tion .rē-.hī-'drā-shən n

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