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hospitalism Line breaks: hos¦pi¦tal|ism
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒspɪt(ə)lɪz(ə)m/

Definition of hospitalism in English:


[mass noun]
The adverse effects of a prolonged stay in hospital, such as developmental retardation in children.
Example sentences
  • I personally value psychology's contribution to reducing the iatrogenic pediatric disease of ‘hospitalism’ that was rampant earlier in this century in homes for abandoned and orphaned children.
  • However, hospitalism is not necessarily the destiny of all children brought up without their mothers.
  • This debate today could well be called a debate on hospitalism, the name applied in the mid-19th century to often fatal post-operative infection.
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