from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Improper or negligent treatment of a patient, as by a physician, resulting in injury, damage, or loss.
- n. Improper or unethical conduct by the holder of a professional or official position.
- n. The act or an instance of improper practice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the improper treatment of a patient by a physician that results in injury or loss
- n. improper or unethical conduct by a professional or official person
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Evil practice; illegal or immoral conduct; practice contrary to established rules; specifically, the treatment of a case by a surgeon or physician in a manner which is contrary to accepted rules and productive of unfavorable results.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Misbehavior; evil practice; practice contrary to established rules.
- n. Specifically, bad professional treatment of disease, pregnancy, or bodily injury, from reprehensible ignorance or carelessness, or with criminal intent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wrongful act that the actor had no right to do; improper professional conduct
- n. professional wrongdoing that results in injury or damage
mal- + practice (Wiktionary)