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[nos-uh-koh-mee-uh l] /ˌnɒs əˈkoʊ mi əl/
(of infections) contracted as a result of being hospitalized; hospital-acquired.
Origin of nosocomial
1850-55; < New Latin nosocomi(um) hospital (< Late Greek nosokomeîon, equivalent to Greek noso- noso- + kom- (base with sense “care, attendance,” as in gērokómos caring for the old) + -eion suffix of location) + -al1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for nosocomial


(med) originating in hospital: nosocomial disease
Word Origin
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."

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nosocomial in Medicine

nosocomial nos·o·co·mi·al (nŏs'ə-kō'mē-əl)

  1. Of or relating to a hospital.

  2. 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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