Definition of nosocomial in English:

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nosocomial

Pronunciation: /ˌnōzōˈkōmēəl/

adjective

Medicine
(Of a disease) originating in a hospital.
Example sentences
  • Some of these are infections occurring in patients after admission to the hospital called nosocomial infections.
  • Minimize potential complications such as nosocomial infections, gastrointestinal bleeding, and thromboembolism.
  • It is unclear whether pagers could serve as vectors of nosocomial infection, but health care workers must consider that potential when touching or handling a pager.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek nosokomos 'person who tends the sick' + -ial.

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Syllabification: nos·o·co·mi·al

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