undertreat

verb
un·​der·​treat | \ ˌən-dər-ˈtrēt How to pronounce undertreat (audio) \
undertreated; undertreating; undertreats

Definition of undertreat

transitive verb

: to treat inadequately undertreat a disease

Examples of undertreat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, in our more enlightened times, listening to the science sometimes means listening to the doctors who systematically undertreat pain in their Black patients. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, 16 Apr. 2021 The drugmaker Purdue Pharma had sent an army of sales reps into eastern Kentucky and other regions with high disability rates to promote the idea that pain was vastly undertreated, and that its new drug was virtually nonaddictive. Beth Macy, The Atlantic, 9 Apr. 2020 The backdrop for its start was a long-standing debate over whether patients were being undertreated for pain because of doctors’ fears about addiction. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2019 There is a need for Reyvow because migraines remain under-recognized and undertreated. Blair Chance, ABC News, 15 Feb. 2020 The backdrop for its start was a long-standing debate over whether patients were being undertreated for pain because of doctors’ fears about addiction. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2019 The backdrop for its start was a long-standing debate over whether patients were being undertreated for pain because of doctors’ fears about addiction. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2019 The society’s president at the time was Dr. Russell Portenoy, who frequently argued that chronic pain was being undertreated in the United States and later acknowledged exaggerating the benefits of opioids and understating the risks. Casey Ross, STAT, 2 Dec. 2019 The backdrop for its start was a long-standing debate over whether patients were being undertreated for pain because of doctors’ fears about addiction. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of undertreat

1721, in the meaning defined above

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22 Apr 2021

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“Undertreat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undertreat. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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undertreat

transitive verb
un·​der·​treat | \ -ˈtrēt How to pronounce undertreat (audio) \

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 How to pronounce undertreat (audio) \ noun

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