pathologize

verb pa·thol·o·gize \ pə-ˈthä-lə-ˌjīz \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of pathologize

pathologized; pathologizing
: to view or characterize as medically or psychologically abnormal
  • natural hormonal shifts have been pathologized
  • —Joyce C. Mills

Recent Examples of pathologize from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pathologize.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of pathologize

1649

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Medical Dictionary

pathologize

transitive verb pa·thol·o·gize
variants: or chiefly British pathologise \-ˌjīz\

medical Definition of pathologize

pathologized or chiefly British pathologised; pathologizing or chiefly British pathologising
: to view or characterize as medically or psychologically abnormal
  • natural hormonal shifts have been pathologized
  • —Joyce C. Mills
  • pathologizing childhood behavior
  • —Ruth Shalit

pathologization

or chiefly British pathologisation \pə-ˌthäl-ə-jə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pathologize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to emit the high shrill tone of bagpipes

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a-closeup-of-a-sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!