medicalize

[med-i-kuh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), medicalized, medicalizing.
to handle or accept as deserving of or appropriate for medical treatment.
Also, especially British, medicalise.


Origin:
medical + -ize

medicalization, noun
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She made the point that birth is natural and that, absent complications, there's no need to medicalize it.
Labeling theory suggests that applying disease labels to behavior may serve to medicalize deviance and produce stigma.
Social services providers typically worry that this control would inappropriately medicalize support services.
Finally, subjects tend to medicalize the risk, arguing that the stigmatization was the result of a fear of health effects.
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