Medical vs Medicalize - What's the difference?

medical | medicalize |

As an adjective medical

is medical.

As a verb medicalize is

to make medical; to convert or reduce to a branch of medicine.




(en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to the practice of medicine.
  • medical''' doctor]]; [[medical student, '''medical student
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  • Intended to have a therapeutic effect; medicinal.
  • medical''' marijuana; '''medical''' cannabis; '''medical treatment
  • Requiring medical treatment.
  • A costly medical condition can bankrupt you if it doesn't kill you first.
  • Pertaining to the state of one's health.
  • medical''' examinaton; '''medical''' exemption; '''medical''' history]]; [[medical record, '''medical''' record''; ' medical diagnosis
  • Pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
  • medical ward


    * (medicinal) curative, therapeutic

    Derived terms

    * medical doctor * medical history * medical record * medical student


    (en noun)
  • (informal) A medical examination.
  • You'll have to get a medical before you apply for that job.
  • * 2014 , Jamie Jackson, " Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real", The Guardian , 26 August 2014:
  • After completing a medical and the requisite paperwork on Tuesday to seal the deal, Di María said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.


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    Alternative forms

    * medicalise


  • To make medical; to convert or reduce to a branch of medicine.
  • * 1996 , Dion Farquhar, The Other Machine: Discourse and Reproductive Technologies
  • The sexual objectification and violation of women is made invisible because technological reproduction has turned medicalized pornography into education...
  • * 1999 , Judith Rooks, Charles S Mahan, Midwifery and Childbirth
  • Early in this century American obstetrics became committed to a path that has led to a highly medicalized approach to the care of women during pregnancy...
  • * 2004 , Leonore Tiefer, Sex is Not a Natural Act and Other Essays
  • ...sexual problems would have to be repackaged and medicalized .