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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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When a disorder is reportedly so widespread, it makes me wonder whether we are at risk of medicalising everyday distress.
Commenting on the issue of medicalising FGM, Country Director of the Population Council in Egypt, Nahla Abdel Tawab, previously told Daily News Egypt that it is important to spread sufficient awareness in order to eliminate the phenomenon of female circumcision, especially the practice of female circumcision by health care providers, which is the medicalisation of FM.
Instead of medicalising every issue, alternatives to medication where appropriate will now be more widely available in the prison."
(1) Overdiagnosis can be defined as: "[t]he detection of abnormalities that are not destined to ever bother us" or "that will never cause symptoms or death." (2) By medicalisation we mean: "defining a problem in medical terms, usually as an illness or disorder, or using a medical intervention to treat it." (3) Medicalisation is not by definition a negative development, medicalising certain situations has had tremendous benefits.
I'm not generally in favour of medicalising eating problems but I think the Yanks may have a point here.
Fortunately, here in the UK, we're resistant to both medicalising normal events and prescribing antidepressants for them.
We are, he said, at risk of medicalising unhappiness.
We also need to guard against 'medicalising' this problem by focusing mainly on the physical effects.
Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today, warned against 'medicalising' the behaviour of animals.
Giving pills designed to fight a serious illness to people who are merely weak-willed and soft in the head highlights the fad for "medicalising" any potty condition that researchers seek to flag up.
It needs to be done in a way where you still have the professionalism and the high level of skills required but without medicalising it.'
Instead of medicalising and ethicalising it, let us direct our main efforts at draining the swamp.