gen·​er·​al·​ized | \ ˈjen-rə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce generalized (audio) , ˈje-nə- \

Definition of generalized

: made general especially : not highly differentiated biologically nor strictly adapted to a particular environment

Examples of generalized in a Sentence

The patient has been experiencing generalized pain.
Recent Examples on the Web Measles symptoms include high fever, cough, red eyes, and generalized rash, according to Dr. Robert Glatter, emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Travelers at Chicago, Texas, Virginia airports warned about possible measles exposure," 24 Dec. 2019 Economists distinguish between price increases that are the result of supply-side shocks and the more generalized inflation that results from too-low interest rates. Washington Post, "The Fed Can’t Fight This Kind of Inflation," 10 Oct. 2019 Oral meds, such as baclofen, cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and benzodiazepines like diazepam, are often required for generalized dystonia to reduce muscle spasm. Claire Gillespie,, "Caroll Spinney, Puppeteer Behind Big Bird, Dies of Dystonia. What Is That?," 9 Dec. 2019 Instead of making the viewer uncomfortable, Jojo Rabbit serves up warmed-over, feel-good humanism, and generalized sentiments about love trumping hate. John Semley, The New Republic, "JoJo Rabbit’s Satire Fail," 17 Oct. 2019 The court ruled that a generalized claim of presidential confidentiality was overcome by the need for information (the notorious White House tapes) in a criminal prosecution (the trial of Nixon’s attorney general John Mitchell and others)., "The spotlight turns to the White House on Friday," 4 Oct. 2019 The two met when SOS was covering a Monroe football games several decades ago and became friends when SOS proved the Hardy-Littlewood-Sobolev inequalities for generalized Riesz potentials. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school football playoffs: Son of Swami picks the state championship games," 27 Nov. 2019 Salaries are determined through negotiations with employee unions, and Hartlove emphasized that those percentages are generalized assumptions. Catalina Righter,, "Carroll school board talks possible new positions in school security, health," 18 Nov. 2019 Yet the news of Giuliani’s accidental phone calls strikes a different chord, stirring a more generalized anxiety. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "Rudy Giuliani and the Butt-Dialler Within All of Us," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of generalized

1768, in the meaning defined above

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“Generalized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of generalized

: not specific : not limited to a particular area, part, etc.


variants: or British generalised

Medical Definition of generalized

1a : spread or extended throughout the body : affecting many parts of the body generalized paralysis generalized aches and pains
b : affecting or involving all of a single part or region of the body generalized back pain generalized mouth soreness
2 : not highly differentiated biologically nor strictly adapted to a particular environment a primitive generalized mammal

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