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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.
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"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. Lady Chettam, who attributed her own remarkable health to home-made bitters united with constant medical attendance, entered with much exercise of the imagination into Mrs.
'The Alchemist' castigates quackery and its foolish encouragers; and
KARACHI -- Sindh Healthcare Commission on Saturday organized a two-day training workshop on 'Standard Operating Procedures of Directorate of Anti Quackery' at local hotel.
KARACHI -- Sindh Healthcare Commission (SHCC) on Saturday organized a two-day training workshop on "Standard Operating Procedures of Directorate of Anti Quackery" at local hotel.
The Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, announced the closure during an unscheduled visit of the Medical Anti Quackery Committee set up by the state government to the hospitals.
20,810 quackery outlets, while its teams have visited over
LAHORE -- Punjab Healthcare Commission has sealed 20,810 quackery outlets, while its teams have visited over 47,600 treatment centres across the province so far.
LAHORE -- The Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC), during its ongoing drive against quackery, have closed down another eight quackery outlets.
The participants in the meeting discussed quality of healthcare and eradication of quackery, strategic plans and future efforts to curb quackery in the province, said the sources.
It was decided in the meeting that DG Health would share the list collected from all DHOs to SHCC with the names of the quacks and also those doctors under whose name the quacks using for quackery practices.
The environment provided a perfect setting to not only the expensive private sector to flourish, but also to quackery to fill the gap laid open by the irresponsible and at times non-existent and shoddy public health sector.