Disagreement within Medical Lab Class?
Your instructor have a screw loose.
administering means to distribute. sorry but your instructor is right (my teachers weren't so lucky, so i sympathize beside you)
You are right. This is from Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary:
Main Entry: ad·min·is·ter
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): ad·min·is·tered; ad·min·ister·ing /-st(schwa-)rieng/
: to give (as medicine) remedially <the antibiotic may be administered in words or by injection>
My dictionary says to administer is to apply or to achieve. To me, this implies a physical performance on the part of the doctor. The doctor must inject or stand within while the patient take it.
I am under the attention of a cardiologist who helps me as much as he can by giving me a year's supply of free sample of Diovan valsartan, for which I am grateful. He does not stand over me every morning, "administering" the medication to me.
In fact, I am taking two more drugs, furosemide and spironolactone. The doctor have prescribed 60 tablets per month, two per day. In is written instructions to me, he have told me to take spironolactone one per daylight; and furosemide, staggered, at the rate of 10 per week. He just requirements me to have an fair supply.
So: Who is administering how much to whom?