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[oh-ver-kuh-rek-shuh n] /ˌoʊ vər kəˈrɛk ʃən/
correction beyond what is needed or customary, especially when leading to error; overadjustment:
The pilot made an overcorrection for headwinds.
Origin of overcorrection
First recorded in 1880-85; over- + correction Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was perhaps due in part to over-correction, when the context was forgotten and the subject had lost its freshness.

    Alexander Pope Leslie Stephen
  • Advancement of the tenotomized muscle should be performed if the over-correction be only discovered after the operation.

Word Origin and History for over-correction

1828, from over- + correction.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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over-correction in Medicine

overcorrection o·ver·cor·rec·tion (ō'vər-kə-rěk'shən)
An adjustment that surpasses a set criterion, especially of a desired behavior.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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