overtreat

verb over·treat \ ˌō-vər-ˈtrēt \

Definition of overtreat

overtreated; overtreating
transitive + intransitive
: to treat (something or someone) more than necessary or usual: such as
a : to give or administer excessive medical treatment to (someone) or for (something)
  • overtreating older patients
  • overtreating low-grade prostate cancers
  • doctors who routinely overtreat with antibiotics
b : to subject (something) to treatment or handling too often or for too long
  • overtreated hair
  • These wines lacked fruit concentration, which suggests they had been overtreated or filtered before bottling.
  • —James Suckling

First Known Use of overtreat

1873

in the meaning defined above

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