medicalize

verb
med·​i·​cal·​ize | \ˈme-di-kə-ˌlīz \
medicalized; medicalizing

Definition of medicalize 

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

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Other Words from medicalize

medicalization \ ˌme-​di-​kə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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Despite the problems with greater access to marijuana, a strong pro-marijuana movement has seized the opportunity to medicalize its mission and thus change public perception of the drug. Nicholas Chadi, STAT, "Easing access to marijuana is not a way to solve the opioid epidemic," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of medicalize

1970, in the meaning defined above

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medicalize

transitive verb
med·​i·​cal·​ize
variants: or British medicalise \ ˈmed-​ə-​kə-​ˌlīz \
medicalized or British medicalised; medicalizing or British medicalising

Medical Definition of medicalize 

: 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

Other Words from medicalize

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

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