- to make immobile or immovable; fix in place.
- to prevent the use, activity, or movement of: The hurricane immobilized the airlines.
- to deprive of the capacity for mobilization: The troops were immobilized by the enemy.
- Medicine/Medical. to prevent, restrict, or reduce normal movement in (the body, a limb, or a joint), as by a splint, cast, or prescribed bed rest.
- to render (an opponent's strategy) ineffective; stymie.
- to establish a monetary reserve by withdrawing (specie) from circulation.
- to create fixed capital in place of (circulating capital).
Also especially British, im·mo·bi·lise.
Origin of immobilize
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Examples from the Web for immobilization
There was no immobilization of women in the early Islamic era.Saudi Olympic Athletes Test Kingdom's Dedication To Gender Apartheid
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Immobilization and rest should be maintained for a month or more.Surgery, with Special Reference to Podiatry
Immobilization of the broken parts of the bone is the object sought.
Immobilization—Systemic immobilization is effected by body rest and locally by splinting the bitten area.
In cases of strains of tendons, during the acute stage, immobilization of the affected parts is in order.
In fractures of the shaft of the humerus, then, it is apparent that immobilization is very difficult if at all possible.
- to make or become immobileto immobilize a car
- to remove (specie) from circulation and hold it as a reserve
- to convert (circulating capital) into fixed capital
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Word Origin and History for immobilization
1846, noun of action from immobilize.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To render immobile.
- To fix the position of a joint or fractured limb, as with a splint or cast.
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