overoperate

verb, transitive + intransitive over·op·er·ate \ ˌō-vər-ˈä-pə-ˌrāt , -ˈä-ˌprāt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overoperate

overoperated; overoperating
: 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

First Known Use of overoperate

1895


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