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Eden +‎ -ize. The nursing sense comes from the Eden Alternative proposed by William H. Thomas (physician).


Edenize (third-person singular simple present Edenizes, present participle Edenizing, simple past and past participle Edenized)

  1. (transitive) To bring to a state of paradisaic happiness.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Davies (Wit's Pilgr.) to this entry?)
  2. (transitive, nursing) To convert (a traditional institutional nursing home) into a community where patients can live a full and active life.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for Edenize in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)