[ med-i-kuh-lahyz ]
/ ˈmɛd ɪ kəˌlaɪz /
verb (used with object), med·i·cal·ized, med·i·cal·iz·ing.
to handle or accept as deserving of or appropriate for medical treatment.
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Also especially British, med·i·cal·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM medicalizemed·i·cal·i·za·tion, noun
Words nearby medicalize
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Example sentences from the Web for medicalize
I am often dismayed at the many ways in which we medicalize a natural phenomenon that affects us all—aging.
Medical definitions for medicalize
[ mĕd′ĭ-kə-līz′ ]
To characterize a behavior or condition as a disorder requiring medical treatment.
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