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Intravenous means within or administered through a vein (a blood vessel). The term is often abbreviated I.V..
Intravenous administration of medicines or withdrawal of a blood sample is usually done with a syringe tipped with a small hollow needle. I.V. lines (tubes or catheters) are used when a large volume of fluid (such as a bag of sterile saline) or blood needs to be delivered in a controlled fashion.
Solutions that are administered intravenously must have their electrolytes properly adjusted to avoid damaging the blood cells and/or causing serious bodily damage or death.
Not all injections are intravenous. For example, flu vaccines are administered directly into muscles (intramuscular or IM injection).
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On a Safety Data Sheet, this term usually appears in one of two contexts:
See also: intraperitoneal, LC50, saline.
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