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taper

verb To gradually ↓ a dose, usually of a therapeutic agent–eg, corticosteroids, with potentially significant adverse effects, which cannot be abruptly halted, often due to rebound effects
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taper

(tā′pĕr)
To decrease in a gradual or progressive fashion the dosage of a medication or the intensity of another form of treatment.
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