overtreat

verb
over·​treat | \ ˌō-vər-ˈtrēt How to pronounce overtreat (audio) \
overtreated; overtreating

Definition of overtreat

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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“Overtreat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtreat. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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