polypharmacy

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Etymology[edit]

From poly- +‎ pharmacy, after Ancient Greek πολυφάρμακος (poluphármakos).

Noun[edit]

polypharmacy (uncountable)

  1. (medicine) The use of multiple drugs to treat multiple concurrent disorders in the same (now especially elderly) patient, chiefly with connotations of indiscriminate or excessive prescription. [from 18th c.]
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 226:
      Critics denounced physicians as meddlesome, capriciously practising an often dangerous polypharmacy – a blunderbuss approach.