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trailing zero

A zero that follows a decimal point, e.g., “lisinopril 5.0 grams orally twice a day.” Trailing zeros appear on the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO) “Do not use” list.

CAUTION!

The use of a zero after a decimal point may result in the administration of a drug at ten times its prescribed dose if the decimal point is illegible or not seen.
See also: zero