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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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If the president is a dangerous man, which I think he is, we cannot in our zeal to protect our country medicalize the problem.
Usually (though not invariably), to medicalize is to pathologise--to label some phenomenon a disorder.
The rubric and structure of this free, one-day conference organized by The New School's Diversity Initiatives in Clinical Psychology practiced much of what the title promised: I left feeling fortified by a general refusal to reduce, medicalize, objectify, or pathologize lived experience.
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I feel it is important to not "medicalize" a child's experience because doing so may discourage a thorough inventory of sources of stress and unhappiness.
The family was dissuaded from seeking additional testing on the grounds that it would further "medicalize" his condition.
Hadler puts it, to medicalize life and "create a society of the walking wounded."
* Physicians tend to "medicalize" disability as an illness.
Based on information contained in the article and on the National Board of Public Health Examiners Web site, the credentialing exam seems like a dubious attempt to medicalize the public health profession.