overdiagnosis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

over- +‎ diagnosis

Noun[edit]

overdiagnosis (uncountable)

  1. (medicine) To diagnose something too frequently, or based on insufficient evidence
    • 2007 January 2, H. Gilbert Welch, Lisa Schwartz And Steven Woloshin, “What’s Making Us Sick Is an Epidemic of Diagnoses”, New York Times:
      While failing to make a diagnosis can result in lawsuits, there are no corresponding penalties for overdiagnosis.

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