[hos-pi-tl-uh-zey-shuh n]


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 formsde·hos·pi·tal·i·za·tion, nounre·hos·pi·tal·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hospitalization

Contemporary Examples of hospitalization

Historical Examples of hospitalization

  • "I intend paying for my nephew's hospitalization, and for his wife's funeral," he said.


    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

hospitalization in Medicine




The act of placing a person in a hospital as a patient.
The condition of being hospitalized.
Insurance that fully or partially covers one's hospital expenses.
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