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generalize

/gen·er·al·ize/ (-ĭz)
1. to spread throughout the body, as when local disease becomes systemic.
2. to form a general principle; to reason inductively.

generalize

(jĕn′ər-ə-līz′)
v. general·ized, general·izing, general·izes
v.tr.
1.
a. To reduce to a general form, class, or law.
b. To render indefinite or unspecific.
2.
a. To infer from many particulars.
b. To draw inferences or a general conclusion from.
v.intr.
1.
a. To form a concept inductively.
b. To form general notions or conclusions.
2. Medicine To spread through the body. Used of a usually localized disease.

gen′er·al·iz′a·ble adj.
gen′er·al·iz′er n.

generalize

(jen′ĕ-ră-līz″) [L. generalis]
1. To become or render nonspecific.
2. To become systemic, as a local disease.
generalizable (jen″ĕ-ră-lī′ză-bl), adjectivegeneralizability (jen″ĕ-ră-lī″ză-bil′ĭt-ē)
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