Medical Dictionary


noun hos·pi·tal·ism \ˈhäs-(ˌ)pit-əl-iz-əm\

Medical Definition of HOSPITALISM

a :  the factors and influences that adversely affect the health of hospitalized persons b :  the effect of such factors on mental or physical health
:  the deleterious physical and mental effects on infants and children resulting from their living in institutions without the benefit of a home environment and parents


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