un·der·treat | \ˌən-dər-ˈtrēt \
undertreated; undertreating; undertreats

Definition of undertreat 

transitive verb

: to treat inadequately undertreat a disease

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That was partly due to aggressive advocacy efforts – some funded by the pharmaceutical industry – and a growing clinical mind-set that patients with pain were being undertreated. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "Can we relieve suffering, avoid drug misuse - and not become 'opioid phobic'?," 15 June 2018 Healthcare providers are most often white and have been known to treat patients of color with contempt, ignore their concerns, and undertreat their pain. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Frustrating Year of Reporting on Black Maternal Health," 14 June 2018 The rise in opioid use can be traced in part to a concern in the late 1980s that pain was being undertreated, resulting in an accompanying push for more treatment. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Opioid Crackdown Has Patients Struggling to Get Their Meds," 26 Apr. 2018 In the 1990s, doctors were admonished for undertreating pain. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Patients in Pain, and a Doctor Who Must Limit Drugs," 16 Mar. 2016 Doctors, who were once criticized for undertreating pain, began to re-evaluate their drug prescription practices. Fox News, "Macklemore shows harsh reality of prescription drug abuse in 'Drug Dealer' music video," 26 Oct. 2016

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1721, in the meaning defined above

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transitive verb
un·der·treat | \-ˈtrēt \

Medical Definition of undertreat 

: to treat (as a condition, disease, or patient) inadequately undertreat a disease evidence shows that hospitalized patients are undertreated for painHarvard Medical School Health Letter

Other Words from undertreat

undertreatment \-mənt \ noun

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to reject or criticize sharply

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