medicalize

verb med·i·cal·ize \ ˈme-di-kə-ˌlīz \

Definition of medicalize

medicalized; medicalizing
transitive verb
: to view or treat as a medical concern, problem, or disorder
  • those who seek to dispose of social problems by medicalizing them
  • —Liam Hudson

medicalization

play \ˌme-di-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

First Known Use of medicalize

1970


Medical Dictionary

medicalize

transitive verb med·i·cal·ize
variants: or British medicalise \ˈmed-ə-kə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of medicalize

medicalized or British medicalised; medicalizing or British medicalising
: to view or treat as a medical concern, problem, or disorder
  • those who seek to dispose of social problems by medicalizing them
  • —Liam Hudson
  • the Western model of medicalized birth…in order to reduce potential risk
  • —Judith Fitzpatrick

medicalization

or British medicalisation play \ˌmed-ə-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

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