- (of infections) contracted as a result of being hospitalized; hospital-acquired.
Origin of nosocomial
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- med originating in hospitalnosocomial disease
C19: New Latin nosocomialis, via Late Latin from Greek, from nosokomos one that tends the sick, from nosos (see noso-) + komein to tend
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Word Origin and History for nosocomial
1855, from Latin nosocomium, from Greek nosokomeion, from nosos "disease." Nosocome was a 17c. word for "hospital."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to a hospital.
- Of or being a secondary disorder associated with being treated in a hospital but unrelated to the patient's primary condition.
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