over·​treat·​ment ˌō-vər-ˈtrēt-mənt How to pronounce overtreatment (audio)
: treatment that is excessive or too frequent
especially : too much medical treatment
patients subjected to overtreatment due to new screening guidelines

Examples of overtreatment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That lack of knowledge could be contributing to the overtreatment of their older patients. Nick Blackmer, Verywell Health, 12 Mar. 2024 While startup Ezra and biohackers are trying to make MRIs mainstream, medical experts are concerned the full-body scans could do more harm than good — setting up people who have no specific risk of cancer or another illness for overtreatment and overdiagnosis. Rashi Shrivastava, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 But medical experts are concerned that full-body MRI scans could do more harm than good for the majority of patients — setting up people who have no specific risk of cancer or another illness for overtreatment and overdiagnosis. Alex Knapp, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Some physicians and organizations have discouraged screening with the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, citing the lack of a survival benefit from screening and the risk of overtreatment, Showalter noted. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 22 Jan. 2024 The increase in remote work since the pandemic may also be adding to overtreatment. TIME, 20 Dec. 2023 Alex: The problem of overtreatment raises questions about what actually constitutes necessary dental treatment. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 21 July 2021 The last best estimate comes from a JAMA study which estimates that the cost of overtreatment, or low-value care, costs anywhere from $12.8 billion to $28.6 billion a year. Rita Numerof, Forbes, 27 June 2022 To be sure, given the horrifying consequences of rabies, preventive measures must err on the side of overtreatment. Gustav Cappaert/undark, Popular Science, 25 Feb. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overtreatment was circa 1904

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“Overtreatment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overtreatment. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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