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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.
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(ˈmɛdɪkəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
(Medicine) to treat or view in medical terms
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The main message of our paper "Medicalisation and Overdiagnosis: what society does to Medicine" was: "instead of solely a result of medicine, medicalisation and overdiagnosis consist of social cultural processes that take place both in and outside medicine."1 We were privileged to receive the thoughts and comments of three esteemed scholars on our perspective.2-4 Three authors approached the topic from a different angle and contributed to the discussions surrounding it.