overmedicate

verb over·med·i·cate \ ˌō-vər-ˈme-də-ˌkāt \

Definition of overmedicate

overmedicated; overmedicating
: to administer too much medication to
  • Avoid overmedicating patients prior to surgery.
: to prescribe too much medication for
  • But some doctors are increasingly wary about overmedicating people with osteopenia.
  • Harvard Health Letter

overmedicated

adjective
    • But the question remains: Is America grossly overmedicated?
    • —Andrea Bartz

overmedication

play \ˌō-vər-ˌme-də-ˈkā-shən\ noun
    • Many others are victims of a system that traffics in superfluous equipment, unnecessary and potentially harmful surgery, overmedication, and questionable procedures.
    • Consumer Reports

First Known Use of overmedicate

1846

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

overmedicate

verb over·med·i·cate \ -ˈmed-i-ˌkāt \

medical Definition of overmedicate

overmedicated; overmedicating
: to administer too much medication to : prescribe too much medication for
: to administer or prescribe too much medication

overmedication

play \-ˌmed-i-ˈkā-shən\ noun

Learn More about overmedicate


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up overmedicate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to treat with excessive attention

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

April 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • rain-on-rainbow-umbrella
  • Which is the best synonym of traduce?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!