Medicalize
To identify a condition as a disorder requiring medical treatment. The term "medicalize" is usually used in a pejorative or disparaging sense. For example, "The recommendation that all women take folic acid during the childbearing years tends, some have argued, to medicalize this time in a woman's life."

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med·i·cal·ize or Brit med·i·cal·ise 'med-ə-kə-.līz vt, -ized or Brit -ised; -iz·ing or Brit -is·ing to view or treat as a medical concern, problem, or disorder <those who seek to dispose of social problems by medicalizing them (Liam Hudson)> <the Western model of medicalized birth...in order to reduce potential risk (Judith Fitzpatrick)>
med·i·cal·iza·tion or Brit med·i·cal·isa·tion .med-ə-kə-lə-'zā-shən n

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