Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to a hospital.
  • adj. Of or being a secondary disorder associated with being treated in a hospital but unrelated to the patient's primary condition: a nosocomial infection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, relating to, happening in a hospital
  • adj. contracted in a hospital, or arising from hospital treatment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a hospital.
  • adj. Acquired in a hospital.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to a hospital: as, a nosocomial fever. See fever.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. taking place or originating in a hospital

Etymologies

From Late Latin nosocomi(um), hospital (ultimately from Greek nosos, disease + komein, to take care of) + -al.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin nosocomi ("hospital"), from Ancient Greek νοσοκομείον (nosokomeion, "hospital"), from νόσος (nosos, "disease, illness") + κομέω (komēo, "to take care of"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hospital-acquired infections are called nosocomial infections.

    You Raising Your Child

  • Diarrhea: need for cultures in nosocomial diarrhea

    Edupalm.org/Mari Stoddard/Inforetriever Update

  • Diarrhea - need for cultures in nosocomial diarrhea

    Archive 2002-05-01

  • I realized I should have specified that the Community Acquired MRSA is actually more virulent than the ones you can get from hospitals which are classified as nosocomial infections.

    OMGPLAGUE!!

  • Together, the two hospital-acquired infections - also called nosocomial infections - account for about one-third of the 1.7 million infections US patients pick up every year while in hospital, the study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows.

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • Together, the two hospital-acquired infections -- also called nosocomial infections -- account for about one-third of the 1.7 million infections US patients pick up every year while in hospital, the study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows.

    Turkish Press

  • Together, the two hospital-acquired infections - also called nosocomial infections - account for about one-third of the 1.7 million infections US patients pick up every year while in hospital, the study published in the

    AustralianIT.com.au | Top Stories

  • Hospital acquired infections (HAIs), also called nosocomial infections to better describe the range of places they can occur, have become a major health concern.

    GEN News Highlights

  • If so, they are called nosocomial infections, and such infections are not limited to resistant strains of bacteria.

    Emaxhealth

  • Staff who fail to properly wash their hands are often to blame for these so-called nosocomial infections.

    Reuters: Top News

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  • so many nosocomial shows on tv these days...

    May 23, 2009

  • Get well soon, s! ;-)

    March 26, 2009

  • I was just visiting this page, and - next thing you know - I found myself in the ICU, with an IV drip, being poked at by amateurish medical students with clipboards.

    March 26, 2009