(noun) “[T]he process by which aspects of life that were considered bad or deviant are redefined as sickness and needing medical attention to remedy” (OpenStax College 2012).
Audio Pronunciation: (medi·ca·li·zation)
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- Plural: medicalizations
- Demedicalization is the opposite of medicalization.
- Type: medicalization of deviance
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