hospitalism

noun

hos·​pi·​tal·​ism ˈhäs-(ˌ)pit-ᵊl-iz-əm How to pronounce hospitalism (audio)
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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“Hospitalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/hospitalism. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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