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 Dozens of public health labs across the country now use a more generalized test for orthopoxvirus, a larger category that includes monkeypox, smallpox and other viruses. Jacqueline Howard And Michael Nedelman, CNN, 30 May 2022 The generalized focus of this story has of course been the staggering dollar value of the sale and the involvement of Christie's. Nabyl Charania, Forbes, 4 June 2021 Not everyone infected with the West Africa clade seems to get a generalized rash that is normally associated with the virus, Heymann adds. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 3 June 2022 Patient services phone lines and insurance websites often give you an overwhelming, generalized list of providers, Dr. Crawford says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 17 May 2022 There are mental health caregiver support groups and more generalized caregiver communities as well. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 16 May 2022 For more generalized and predominantly psychological fatigue, however, such clear metrics are lacking. Outside Online, 5 Nov. 2020 The research methods used likely do not reflect the criteria that any specific company would have applied to calculate TAM, but rather represent a generalized approach. Kelly Grover, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 The surveys are designed to flag children who are experiencing anxiety symptoms, which exist along a spectrum from mild to severe and may be situational or more generalized. Laura Newberrystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of generalized

1768, in the meaning defined above

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“Generalized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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