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[san-i-tair-ee-uh m] /ˌsæn ɪˈtɛər i əm/
noun, plural sanitariums, sanitaria
[san-i-tair-ee-uh] /ˌsæn ɪˈtɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
an institution for the preservation or recovery of health, especially for convalescence; health resort.
Also, sanatorium.
Origin of sanitarium
1850-55; < Latin sānit(ās) health (see sanity) + -ārium -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then I began to tell people at the sanitarium and wired my friends in Berlin advising them how to get out of Germany.

    Ways of War and Peace Delia Austrian
  • Are you sure they spoke about my uncle, and property and a sanitarium?

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • Only the lowest and most brutal types of nurses and servants were willing to remain for any length of time at the sanitarium.

    Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman Emma Speed Sampson
  • There ahead of him, perched on the cliff, at the foot of which the river flowed, was the sanitarium.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • They knew that he, Ken, had been put in a sanitarium; all of them had heard his wild story about sealmen.

    Under Arctic Ice H.G. Winter
  • The fellow was attired in the uniform of an attendant at the sanitarium.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • It was abandoned long ago as a military post but is still owned by the government and used as a sanitarium for tuberculosis.

    Little Pills, An Army Story Robert Henderson McKay
  • We can take that ladder to the woods near the sanitarium on the back of a donkey.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
  • On his visit to the sanitarium he had noticed that, at the foot of the cliff, there flowed a stream of water.

    Frank Roscoe's Secret Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for sanitarium


noun (pl) -riums, -ria (-rɪə)
the US spelling of sanatorium
Word Origin
C19: from Latin sānitās health
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sanitarium

1829, literally "place dedicated to health," from neuter of Modern Latin *sanitarius, from Latin sanitas "health," from sanus "healthy; sane" (see sane). Cf. sanatarium.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sanitarium in Medicine

sanitarium san·i·tar·i·um (sān'ĭ-târ'ē-əm)
See sanatorium.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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