generalized

adjective gen·er·al·ized \ ˈjen-rə-ˌlīzd , ˈje-nə- \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of generalized

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

Examples of generalized in a Sentence

  1. The patient has been experiencing generalized pain.

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First Known Use of generalized

1768

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GENERALIZED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of generalized for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

generalized

adjective gen·er·al·ized
variants: or British generalised

medical Definition of generalized

1 a : 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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