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institutionalized

adjective in·sti·tu·tion·al·ized
variants: or chiefly British

institutionalised

\ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnəl-ˌīzd, -shən-əl-\ play

Medical Definition of institutionalized

  1. :  accustomed so firmly to the care and routine of an institution as to find independent life in the outside world difficult or unmanageable Many prisoners who only need a drug or alcohol program become more institutionalized with each mandatory return.—Robert L. Johnson, Undoing Time, 2001



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