medicalize - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlemedicalizing
past tensemedicalized
past participlemedicalized
  1. 1
    to treat something as a medical problem, especially when there is no need to do so

    He has written a book with an intention to medicalize a new mental disorder.

  2. 2
    to treat someone as having a medical problem even though they are not ill