overoperate

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

Definition of overoperate

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

First Known Use of overoperate

1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Overoperate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overoperate. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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