medicalize


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med·i·ca·lize

 (mĕd′ĭ-kə-līz′)
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.

medicalize

(ˈmɛdɪkəˌlaɪz) or

medicalise

vb (tr)
(Medicine) to treat or view in medical terms
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At 17 percent of GDP, the health care industry has the funds with which to medicalize the senior years generally, to medicalize what had been lifestyle choices, even to medicalize poverty.
This mainly biomedical approach is yet another example of the way that we medicalize what should be normal parts of our lives.
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Hadler puts it, to medicalize life and "create a society of the walking wounded.
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