- (psychology) wasting away of infants in long-term institutional care, caused by lack of contact with caregivers
- (medicine, dated) A vitiated condition of the body, due to long confinement in a hospital, or the morbid condition of the atmosphere of a hospital.
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 hospitalism in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)