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defensive medicine

noun

Definition of DEFENSIVE MEDICINE

:  the practice of ordering medical tests, procedures, or consultations of doubtful clinical value in order to protect the prescribing physician from malpractice suits
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First Known Use of DEFENSIVE MEDICINE

1973
Medical Dictionary

defensive medicine

noun

Medical Definition of DEFENSIVE MEDICINE

:  the practice of ordering medical tests, procedures, or consultations of doubtful clinical value in order to protect the prescribing physician from malpractice suits

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