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tr.v. med·i·ca·lized, med·i·ca·liz·ing, med·i·ca·liz·es
To identify or categorize (a condition or behavior) as being a disorder requiring medical treatment or intervention: "Increasingly, [attention deficit disorder] has become a catch-all diagnosis that medicalizes troublesome behavior in kids" (Judy Foreman).

med′i·ca·li·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.


(ˌmɛdɪkəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


(Medicine) the process of medicalizing something
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In what is being referred to as the medicalization of female genital mutilation, doctors, nurses and other health practitioners are secretly performing the procedures at the request of families.
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At the risk of profound oversimplification of a complex problem, I believe that what might be contributing to the increased medicalization of the addiction field is a combination of turf issues and the medical and pharmaceutical industry's realization of profits to be made.
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