compromise efficacy


Senior Member

I doubt that "compromise efficacy" is a kind of idiom or expression..
What's the implicit meaning, please?

"Movement during HIFU exposure could compromise treatment efficacy, and so an induced breath-hold during any high-intensity exposure can overcome what would otherwise be a limitation of HIFU."

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    American English
    From our Random House dictionary: compromise: v.5. to expose to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize: Faulty building construction compromises our safety.

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    I think we could do with some context and explanation of the quote but I think the term you ask about is literal, to 'compromise efficacy of the treatment'. It risks not working so well.


    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    In reply to post #3: HIFU = High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound. It's a treatment for certain types of cancer. The quote is probably from a medical textbook or journal.
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