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Definition of Demedicalization

(noun) The process by which a behavior or condition, once labeled “sick”, becomes defined as natural or normal.

Example of Demedicalization

Demedicalization Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: de·med·i·ca·li·za·tion

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Usage Notes

  • Plural: demedicalizations
  • Demedicalization is the opposite of medicalization.
  • Variant spellings:
    • demedicalisation
    • de-medicalisation
    • de-medicalization

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Works Consulted

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Cite the Definition of Demedicalization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “demedicalization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 28, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/demedicalization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

demedicalization. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/demedicalization/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “demedicalization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 28, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/demedicalization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“demedicalization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 28 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/demedicalization/>.