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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The collusion of family members in surreptitious laxative abuse and self-induced electrolyte disturbance, as in this case, has also previously been reported but is extremely rare.
Prevalence of surreptitious laxative abuse in patients with diarrhoea of uncertain origin: a cost benefit analysis of a screening procedure.
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.
Prolonged laxative abuse may result in the intestines no longer being able to function, thus resulting in "lazy bowel syndrome" and an imbalance of vital body minerals.
Preoccupation with food, whether through overeating, starving, purging, laxative abuse, or compulsive exercise, interferes with an attorney's professional functions.
Constant vomiting can destroy the teeth, laxative abuse will damage the bowels and the major diet changes can affect fertility.
* Laxative Abuse. People who habitually take laxatives become dependent upon them and may require increasing dosages until, finally, the intestine becomes insensitive and fails to work properly.
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.
Fluid loss from impaired kidney function, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, or chronic laxative abuse heightens risk for electrolyte imbalances, as does unusually hot summer weather, which is often associated in older people with electrolyte imbalance caused by loss of body fluids or dehydration.
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.