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quack 1

The characteristic sound uttered by a duck.
intr.v. quacked, quack·ing, quacks
To utter the characteristic sound of a duck.

[Middle English quek, of imitative origin.]

quack′y adj.

quack 2

1. An untrained person who pretends to be a physician and dispenses medical advice and treatment.
2. A charlatan; a mountebank.
Relating to or characteristic of a quack: a quack cure.
intr.v. quacked, quack·ing, quacks
To act as a medical quack or a charlatan.

[Short for quacksalver.]

quack′er·y n.
quack′ish adj.
quack′ish·ly adv.


n, pl -eries
the activities or methods of a quack


(ˈkwæk ə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. the practice or methods of a quack.
2. an instance of this.


1. false pretense to medical skill, knowledge, or qualification; medical charlatanry.
2. the actions or practice of a medical charlatan. — quack, n., adj.
See also: Lies and Lying
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.quackery - medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings
medical practice - the practice of medicine
2.quackery - the dishonesty of a charlatan
knavery, dishonesty - lack of honesty; acts of lying or cheating or stealing


[ˈkwækərɪ] Ncharlatanismo m (Med) → curanderismo m


[ˈkwækəri] ncharlatanisme m



n. curanderismo, charlatanería.
References in classic literature ?
It is all part and parcel of the same system of quackery and nonsense, for which I regret to say that the writer is notorious.
Renfrew, the colonel's widow, was not only unexceptionable in point of breeding, but also interesting on the ground of her complaint, which puzzled the doctors, and seemed clearly a case wherein the fulness of professional knowledge might need the supplement of quackery.
The Alchemist' castigates quackery and its foolish encouragers; and
Dr Nadeem claimed that almost all the cases of women referred to the hospital in this condition were a result of quackery.
The Oyo State government says in its battle to sanitise private health facilities and curb medical quackery, it has sealed 62 hospitals and medical laboratories for various offences in the past one year.
He informed that the commission is a regulatory authority formed by Sindh Health Department to register and monitor public and private hospitals and eliminate quackery from the province.
SARGODHA -- The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has launched a comprehensive crackdown against the quackery and unregistered medical stores, clinics across the district and sealed 22 private illegal clinics and registered cases against them.
The spokesperson for the PHC said the commission was continuing its anti-quackery campaign across the province and its teams were visiting all districts and tehsils to eliminate quackery.
The spokesperson of the PHC has said the Commission is continuing its anti-quackery campaign across the province, and its teams are visiting all districts and tehsils one after the other to eliminate quackery in all its forms.
Jinnah Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Sohail Saqlain also agreed that quackery could be the main reason behind these deaths apart from other causes.
The menace of quackery, or dishonest claims to being qualified for medical practice, is on the rise in Pakistan especially in slums due to ignorance of the public, shortage of qualified doctors, rude attitude of practitioners with poor people and low governance in the province.
The spokesperson of the PHC has said the Commission would be continuing its anti-quackery campaign across the province, and its teams would be visiting all the districts and tehsils to end quackery in all manifestations.