Abuse is any wrong use or misuse of something,
especially if it is excessive. In the field of medicine,
this definition of abuse typically refers to alcohol
abuse and/or drug abuse. Abuse can also refer to
treatment that is injurious or offensive. Examples
include mental abuse, physical abuse, and sexual
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While patients may report such abuse to their healthcare providers, there are cases in
which the health care provider is alleged to have perpetrated the abuse (e.g., physically
striking, neglecting, yelling at, or sexually assaulting a patient). Abuse is often reported in
nursing homes, although the accused may not be a health care provider per se, but
another staff member (e.g., transporter, maintenance worker) employed in the institution.
Abuse can also refer to the improper usage of something to improperly or unfairly gain
benefit. An example of such abuse is malingering, which is the intentional production of
false or grossly exaggerated physical or psychological symptoms motivated by external
incentives such as avoiding military duty, avoiding work, obtaining financial
compensation, evading criminal prosecution, or obtaining drugs (e.g., pain killers).

Abuse comes from the Latin word “ab” meaning “away” and the Latin word “uti” meaning
“to use.” Put the words together and you get “to use away.”
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