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This week's theme: words related to medicine.

nosocomial (nos-uh-KO-mee-uhl) adjective

Originating or acquired in hospital. Used to refer to infections.

[From Latin nosocomium (hospital), from Greek nosokomeion (one who tends the sick).]

See more usage examples of nosocomial in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"'All the patients that died had serious illnesses, and we don't believe it was a nosocomial infection,' a spokesman for the Sapporo hospital said." Outbreak of Drug-resistant Bacteria; The Yomiuri Shimbun (Tokyo, Japan); Feb 9, 2008.


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