Medical Dictionary


noun hos·pi·tal·ism \ˈhäs-(ˌ)pit-əl-iz-əm\

Medical Definition of hospitalism

  1. 1a:  the factors and influences that adversely affect the health of hospitalized personsb:  the effect of such factors on mental or physical health

  2. 2:  the deleterious physical and mental effects on infants and children resulting from their living in institutions without the benefit of a home environment and parents

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