verb im·mo·bi·lize \i-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz\

: to keep (something or someone) from moving or working : to make (something or someone) immobile

Full Definition of IMMOBILIZE

transitive verb
:  to make immobile: as
a :  to prevent freedom of movement or effective use of <the planes were immobilized by bad weather>
b :  to reduce or eliminate motion of (the body or a part) by mechanical means or by strict bed rest
c :  to withhold (money or capital) from circulation
im·mo·bi·li·za·tion \-ˌmō-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
im·mo·bi·liz·er \-ˈmō-bə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of IMMOBILIZE

  1. Doctors immobilized her wrist by putting it in a cast.
  2. I was immobilized by fear.

First Known Use of IMMOBILIZE


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verb im·mo·bi·lize \im-ˈō-bə-ˌlīz\

Definition of IMMOBILIZE for Kids

:  to keep from moving :  make immovable <The doctor immobilized her wrist.>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb im·mo·bi·lize
im·mo·bi·lized also British im·mo·bi·lisedim·mo·bi·liz·ing also British im·mo·bi·lis·ing

Medical Definition of IMMOBILIZE

:  to make immobile; especially :  to fix (as a body part) so as to reduce or eliminate motion usually by means of a cast or splint, by strapping, or by strict bed rest <immobilizing a fractured bone by a cast and continuous traction> <immobilize an injury> <immobilize all patients with a suspected neck or spine injury>

Variants of IMMOBILIZE

im·mo·bi·lize also British im·mo·bi·lise \im-ˈō-bə-ˌlīz\


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