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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Recent Examples on the Web Initiate tort reform, to help alleviate the practice of defensive medicine. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, "COVID's Other Toll: Unnecessary Tests and Huge Hospital Bills," 24 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of defensive medicine

1969, in the meaning defined above

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“Defensive medicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defensive%20medicine. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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