defensive medicine









defensive medicine


noun

  1. the practice by a physician of ordering many tests or consultations as a means of self-protection against charges of malpractice in the event of an unfavorable outcome of treatment.

noun

  1. the practice by a doctor of ordering extensive, often unnecessary tests in order to minimize liability if accused of negligence

n.

  1. Diagnostic or therapeutic measures conducted primarily as a safeguard against possible malpractice liability.

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