over·​op·​er·​ate ˌō-vər-ˈä-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce overoperate (audio)
overoperated; overoperating

transitive + intransitive

: to perform surgery on someone or something unnecessarily or to an excessive and often harmful degree
questioned whether the hospital's policies encouraged surgeons to overoperate
overoperate a knee problem
The patients, of course, want significant rejuvenation …. They want to look "young, not done," "rejuvenated and not overoperated."Steven B. Hopping

Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overoperate was in 1895

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“Overoperate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overoperate. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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