/ˈhɒspətəlɪzəm/ (say 'hospuhtuhlizuhm)

the gradual decline in the health of people who remain in hospital for a long period of time.
{hospital + -ism; coined by René Spitz, Viennese-born psychoanalyst, 1887–1974, in his study of institutionalised infants}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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