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Definition of Medicalization

(noun) The process by which something is defined as “unhealthy” and in need of treatment.

Medicalization Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˌmɛdəkələˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
      • /ˌmɛdəkəˌlaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
    • British English
      • /ˌmɛdᵻkl̩ʌɪˈzeɪʃn/
      • /ˌmɛdᵻkəlʌɪˈzeɪʃn/
  • Syllabification: (med·i·ca·li·za·tion)

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Cite the Definition of Medicalization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “medicalization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/medicalization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “medicalization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/medicalization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“medicalization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/medicalization/>.