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1690s, from Latin apodyterium "undressing room" (in a bath house), from Greek apodyterion "undressing room," from apodyein "to put off, undress," from apo- "off" (see apo-) + dyein "to put on, enter, go in."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • The dressing room, apodyterium, was usually entered from the court through a passageway or anteroom.

  • The frigidarium serves also as the apodyterium, and is cut up into divans by ornamental wood partitions.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • In the generality of modern baths, the frigidarium forms also the apodyterium.

    The Turkish Bath Robert Owen Allsop
  • The apodyterium is the best preserved room of the entire building, and also the most ancient.

  • Along the walls were benches, and above them niches, as in the men's apodyterium.

  • Similar benches are found in the waiting room at the other end of the apodyterium (X).

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