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[hos-pi-tl-uh-zey-shuh n] /ˌhɒs pɪ tl əˈzeɪ ʃən/
the act, process, or state of being hospitalized.
the period during which a person is hospitalized:
to extend one's hospitalization.
Origin of hospitalization
1905-10; hospitalize + -ation
Related forms
dehospitalization, noun
rehospitalization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hospitalization
  • For example, being paid for hospitalization leads to excessive unnecessary hospitalizations.
  • After a brief period of hospitalization, he was released.
  • Some even require hospitalization or wind up with kidney failure.
  • Atypical age which delayed treatment until the second hospitalization.
  • Studies are showing that these technologies help reduce hospitalization rates and help nurses provide better care to more people.
  • But a skin-graft operation requires hospitalization and creates another wound at the donor site.
  • They visit their doctor's each year half again as often as younger people, and they require about twice as much hospitalization.
  • There was virtually no insurance outside of hospitalization, which was limited and heavily taxed.
  • Hospitals render home-care increasingly impossible-and then justify hospitalization as a benefit to the sick.
  • On the second day of hospitalization, more results came back.
British Dictionary definitions for hospitalization


the act or an instance of being hospitalized
the duration of a stay in a hospital
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Word Origin and History for hospitalization

1873, noun of action from hospitalize.

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hospitalization in Medicine

hospitalization hos·pi·tal·i·za·tion (hŏs'pĭ-tl-ĭ-zā'shən)

  1. The act of placing a person in a hospital as a patient.

  2. The condition of being hospitalized.

  3. Insurance that fully or partially covers one's hospital expenses.

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