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[san-uh-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-] /ˌsæn əˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-/
noun, plural sanatoriums, sanatoria
[san-uh-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /ˌsæn əˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
a hospital for the treatment of chronic diseases, as tuberculosis or various nervous or mental disorders.
Origin of sanatorium
1830-40; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin sanā(re) to heal + -tōrium -tory2 Unabridged
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  • As a sanatorium it might be of great value to the ships of the African Squadron.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • She had heard him order the chauffeur to drive to the sanatorium.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • At the sanatorium he had a bath and a good dinner, and made his rounds.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • I'll stop to-morrow morning, child, on my way to the sanatorium, and take you over.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • Napier will be the sanatorium of that side of the world one of these days.

    Recollections David Christie Murray
  • Tell him I'll be back to-morrow with definite information about the sanatorium.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • The important thing is to ship her off to a sanatorium immediately.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • We heard later in the day that he was in the sanatorium in a high fever.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • He took us to a sanatorium that he knew about, where he said there was a good doctor; and so it proved.

    The Last Woman

    Ross Beeckman
British Dictionary definitions for sanatorium


noun (pl) -riums, -ria (-rɪə)
an institution for the medical care and recuperation of persons who are chronically ill
a health resort
(Brit) a room in a boarding school where sick pupils may be treated in isolation
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin sānāre to heal
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Word Origin and History for sanatorium

1839, Modern Latin, noun use of neuter of Late Latin adjective sanitorius "health-giving," from Latin sanat-, past participle stem of sanare "to heal," from sanus "well, healthy, sane" (see sane). Latin sanare is the source of Italian sanare, Spanish sanar.

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sanatorium in Medicine

sanatorium san·a·to·ri·um (sān'ə-tôr'ē-əm) or san·a·tar·i·um (-târ'ē-əm)
n. pl. san·a·to·ri·ums or san·a·to·ri·a (-tôr'ē-ə) or san·a·tar·i·ums or san·a·tar·i·a (-târ'ē-ə)

  1. An institution for the treatment of chronic diseases or for medically supervised recuperation.

  2. A resort for improvement or maintenance of health, especially for convalescents. Also called sanitarium.

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