Recent Examples on the WebIn the late 19th century, when a wave of immigrants came to the U.S. from Southern and Eastern Europe, there was a parallel effort to medicalize and demonize excessive body hair, Herzig said.
NBC News, 4 Mar. 2021 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, 12 Apr. 2018
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More Definitions for medicalize
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 disorderthose who seek to dispose of social problems by medicalizing them— Liam Hudsonthe 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