(of infections) contracted as a result of being hospitalized; hospital-acquired.

1850–55; < Neo-Latin nosocomi(um) hospital (< Late Greek nosokomeîon, equivalent to Greek noso- noso- + kom- (base with sense “care, attendance,” as in gērokómos caring for the old) + -eion suffix of location) + -al1 Unabridged
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nosocomial (ˌnɒsəˈkəʊmɪəl)
med originating in hospital: nosocomial disease
[C19: New Latin nosocomialis, via Late Latin from Greek, from nosokomos one that tends the sick, from nosos (see noso-) + komein to tend]

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nosocomial nos·o·co·mi·al (nŏs'ə-kō'mē-əl)

  1. Of or relating to a hospital.

  2. Of or being a secondary disorder associated with being treated in a hospital but unrelated to the patient's primary condition.

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When this occurs, it is called a nosocomial infection.
The alcohol gels that you dis are absolutely proven to prevent nosocomial infections in clinical settings.
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