medicalize

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verb med·i·cal·ize \ˈme-di-kə-ˌlīz\

Definition of medicalize

medicalized

medicalizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

1970

First Known Use of medicalize

1970


Medical Dictionary

medicalize

transitive verb med·i·cal·ize

Medical Definition of medicalize

medicalized

or British

medicalised

;

medicalizing

or British

medicalising

  1. :  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

\ˌmed-ə-kə-lə-ˈzā-shən\play noun

Variants of medicalize

or British

medicalise

\ˈmed-ə-kə-ˌlīz\

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