Mistreatment of a patient through ignorance, carelessness, neglect, or criminal intent.

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mal·prac·tice (')mal-'prak-təs n a dereliction of professional duty or a failure to exercise an accepted degree of professional skill or learning by a physician rendering professional services which results in injury, loss, or damage
malpractice vi, -ticed; -tic·ing to engage in or commit malpractice

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professional misconduct: treatment falling short of the standards of skill and care that can reasonably be expected from a qualified medical practitioner.

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mal·prac·tice (mal-prakґtis) [L. mal bad + practice] improper or injurious practice; unskillful and faulty medical or surgical treatment.

Medical dictionary. 2011.


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