One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a disease) originating in a hospital.
- ‘Some of these are infections occurring in patients after admission to the hospital called nosocomial infections.’
- ‘Minimize potential complications such as nosocomial infections, gastrointestinal bleeding, and thromboembolism.’
- ‘In the intervention hospital, the records showed 29 nosocomial infections with VRE and 44 with MRSA.’
- ‘A high prevalence of nosocomial infections in ICU patients is associated with high utilization of antibiotics.’
- ‘It is unclear whether pagers could serve as vectors of nosocomial infection, but health care workers must consider that potential when touching or handling a pager.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek nosokomos ‘person who tends the sick’ + -ial.
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