gen·​er·​al·​ized ˈje-nə-rə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce generalized (audio)
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

1768, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of generalized was in 1768

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Cite this Entry

“Generalized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


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