Definition of anonymize in English:


(also anonymise)


  • Remove identifying particulars or details from (something, especially medical test results) for statistical or other purposes.

    ‘anonymized testing of routine blood samples’
    • ‘However, any experienced journal editor will recount situations where anonymised information has been recognisable to the patient or family involved and caused upset.’
    • ‘We did an observational study of changes in prescribing costs between two financial years using anonymised data from all general practices in Trent.’
    • ‘We used anonymised data from the UK General Practice Research Database.’
    • ‘We used anonymised statistical abstracts of hospital records that were linked to data from death certificates in the former Oxford health region from 1963 to 1998.’
    • ‘The availability of fully anonymised material to others in order to pursue the full scientific and therapeutic potential of the study will be tightly controlled.’


1970s: from anonymous + -ize.