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[hos-pi-tl-uh-zey-shuh n]
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  1. the act, process, or state of being hospitalized.
  2. the period during which a person is hospitalized: to extend one's hospitalization.
  3. hospitalization insurance.
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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
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Examples from the Web for hospitalization

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Historical Examples

  • "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



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


1873, noun of action from hospitalize.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hospitalization in Medicine


  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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