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nosocomial

[ nos-uh-koh-mee-uhl ]
/ ˌnɒs əˈkoʊ mi əl /
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adjective

(of infections) contracted as a result of being hospitalized; hospital-acquired.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for nosocomial

nosocomial
/ (ˌnɒsəˈkəʊmɪəl) /

adjective

med originating in hospitalnosocomial disease

Word Origin for nosocomial

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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Medical definitions for nosocomial

nosocomial
[ nŏs′ə-kōmē-əl ]

adj.

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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