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[hos-pi-tl-uh-zey-shuh n] /ˌhɒs pɪ tl əˈzeɪ ʃən/
the act, process, or state of being hospitalized.
the period during which a person is hospitalized:
to extend one's hospitalization.
Origin of hospitalization
First recorded in 1905-10; hospitalize + -ation
Related forms
dehospitalization, noun
rehospitalization, noun Unabridged
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  • "I intend paying for my nephew's hospitalization, and for his wife's funeral," he said.

    Dearest Henry Beam Piper
  • Dr. William Baker was quite sure he had no need of hospitalization, but he let them settle him in a hospital bed anyway.

    The Great Gray Plague Raymond F. Jones
  • United Miners has repudiated your actions even to the point of refusing the cost of your hospitalization.

    Frigid Fracas Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Finally, we must aid in cushioning the heavy and rising costs of illness and hospitalization to individuals and families.

  • He had a hospitalization card made out to a group policy of this newspaper in Oklahoma City.

    Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for hospitalization


the act or an instance of being hospitalized
the duration of a stay in a hospital
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Word Origin and History for hospitalization

1873, noun of action from hospitalize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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hospitalization in Medicine

hospitalization hos·pi·tal·i·za·tion (hŏs'pĭ-tl-ĭ-zā'shən)

  1. The act of placing a person in a hospital as a patient.

  2. The condition of being hospitalized.

  3. Insurance that fully or partially covers one's hospital expenses.

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