Definition of defensive medicine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


defensive medicine

BrE BrE//dɪˌfensɪv ˈmedsn//
, BrE//dɪˌfensɪv ˈmedɪsn//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˌfensɪv ˈmedɪsn//
[uncountable] (especially North American English)
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medical treatment that involves more tests, operations, etc. than a person really needs because a doctor is worried that a claim or complaint may be made against them in court if they make a mistake in the treatment they give
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: defensive medicine