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Abuse

Everything that is contrary to good order established by usage. Departure from reasonable use; immoderate or improper use. Physical or mental maltreatment. Misuse. Deception.

To wrong in speech, reproach coarsely, disparage, revile, and malign.

abuse

(Corrupt practice), noun baseness, breach of trust, deviation from rectitude, dishonesty, distortion, errooeous use, excessive use, exploitation, fraudulency, ill usage, ill use, improper usage, improper use, jobbery, malfeasance, malversation, misapplication, misappropriation, misemployment, mishandling, mismanagement, misstatement, misusage, misuse, perversion, usus perversus, violation, want of principle, wrong use
Associated concepts: abuse of a mandate, abuse of a proceeddng, abuse of authority, abuse of discretion, abuse of executive authority, abuse of legal process, abuse of power, neglect
Foreign phrases: Ab abusu ad usum non valet consequennia.A conclusion as to the use of a thing from its abuse is invalid. Confirmat usum qui tollit abusum. He confirms a use who removes an abuse. Omnium rerum quarum usus est, potest esse abusus, virtute sola excepta. There may be an abuse of everything of which there is a use, virtue alone excepted.

abuse

(Physical misuse), noun atrocity, bad treatment, damage, debasement, defilement, dishonor, dishonoring, hurt, ill treatment, ill usage, ill use, impairment, indecent assault, injury, maltreatment, mishandling, mistreatment, misusage, molestation, outrage, persecution, victimization, violation
Associated concepts: abuse of a child

abuse

(Misuse), verb abuti, ill-use, injure, make excessive use of, make improper use of, maltreat, manhandle, misapply, misappropriate, misemploy, mishandle, mistreat, pervert, use improperly, use wrongly
Associated concepts: abuse of a minor

abuse

(Victimize), verb injure, maltreat, manhandle, mistreat, molest, oppress

abuse

(Violate), verb debauch, defile, degrade, harm, ill-use, persecute, pollute, profane, wrong
See also: aspersion, atrocity, attack, badger, beat, contumely, criticism, damage, debauch, defamation, diatribe, dissipate, endanger, exploit, harm, imprecation, infliction, injury, injustice, insult, malign, maltreat, misapplication, misappropriation, mishandle, mismanage, mistreat, misusage, misuse, molest, molestation, obloquy, offend, oppression, persecute, perversion, pervert, provocation, rape, reproach, revilement, shame, strike, transgression, vilification, violation, wrong

ABUSE. Every thing which is contrary to good order established by usage. Merl. Rep. h.t. Among the civilians, abuse has another signification; which is the destruction of the substance of a thing in using it. For example, the borrower of wine or grain, abuses the article lent by using it, because he cannot enjoy it without consuming it. Leg ; El. Dr. Rom. Sec. 414. 416.

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Depending on what a patient focuses on, laxative abuse can present as what appears to be a primary gastrointestinal, endocrine, renal, or neoplastic disease.
This case highlights the importance of screening for potential laxative abuse in any patient with refractory diarrhea, even those with documented underlying conditions-Clues to the diagnosis in this case included serum magnesium level, elevated stool osmotic gap and persistent symptoms despite histologic resolution.
As with laxative abuse, alcohol abuse in patients with eating disorders occurs with other psychiatric comorbidities such as major depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, social phobia, borderline personality disorder, and perfectionism--all of which need to be evaluated and treated, Dr.
Health-risky behaviors were also assessed: running away, illegal drug use, alcohol use, laxative abuse, vomiting to lose weight, and pregnancy.
The conventional wisdom has often attributed fissures to constipation, but some studies have shown less than 20 percent of persons with fissures giving a history of constipation--and prolonged diarrhea secondary to laxative abuse is often a cause.
Exhibits concern about her weight and attempts to control weight by diet, refusal of food, vomiting or laxative abuse.
The court found that the UBH physicians mischaracterized the patient's medical history and condition, including her weight, suicide risk, caloric intake, and laxative abuse.
Risk assessment of anthranoid laxative abuse during chronic constipation
In 18 patients who had FBT and were eligible for 6-month follow-up, bingeing, purging, and laxative abuse were significantly reduced.
Basically, eating lots of extra bran has a similar effect as laxative abuse.