Medical Dictionary

hospitalism

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

medical Definition of hospitalism

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