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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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But let's not medicalise everyday stress and discomfort as burnout.
Les soins dentaires doivent toujours etre faits en milieu medicalise. Les objets coupants doivent etre a usage personnel strict.
Dr Simon Opher, of the surgery, says medical experts "sometimes medicalise problems which have a different solution".
[8] However, the risk of such transmission is not sufficient reason to legally medicalise AI.
(20-22) Nonetheless, by our tendency to seek medical solutions for social problems, we medicalise social issues such as inequality, deviance and abnormality and locate the sources and solution of these problems increasingly on the individual level.
There is no reason to "medicalise" the issue if the child is coping.
The severity of these illnesses has to be recognised; but on the other hand, we don't want to pathologise and medicalise normal experience.
Les corps des 11 personnes tuees dans l'accident de l'avion militaire medicalise libyen qui s'est ecrase vendredi, pres de Tunis, devaient etre rapatries a la base aerienne de Miitiga de Tripoli, dimanche apres-midi, accompagnes des membres des familles des victimes venus en Tunisie aux fins de leur identification, rapporte le quotidien Libya Herald
Un helicoptere medicalise de la Gendarmerie Royale depeche sur les lieux a procede a l'evacuation d'une ressortissante allemande sexagenaire, indique la meme source.
"Also, if you medicalise your animal's problem, it removes a bit of guilt and responsibility from the owner.
We don't want to medicalise a lot of normal babies and worry their parents sick." MYZ