Definition of nosocomial in English:


Line breaks: noso|co¦mial
Pronunciation: /ˌnɒsə(ʊ)ˈkəʊmɪəl


  • (Of a disease) originating in a hospital.
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    • 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.


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

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