hospitalism: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hos'pi-tl-iz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. hospital conditions having an adverse effect on patients.
  2. the adverse mental and physical effects caused by such conditions.
  3. the physiological and psychological consequences of living in a hospital, nursing home, etc.
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