- a place for the care of the infirm, sick, or injured; hospital or facility serving as a hospital: a school infirmary.
- a dispensary.
Origin of infirmary
Examples from the Web for infirmary
The captain replied, “Well, he was a mess, so the first thing we did was get him to the infirmary to get him cleaned up.”
He can barely make out what the woman in the infirmary is saying.
She remained in the infirmary after returning to jail, and Carter declined to elaborate on the nature of her medical condition.Did Julie Schenecker Kill Her Kids?
February 8, 2011
The infirmary seems to have been the most cheerful place in the monastery.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
I got out of the vehicle with the infirmary attendant and his assistant.
He was taken into the infirmary, and when there he had confessed everything.
She was so delicate, so frequently ill, that she was employed in the infirmary.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Ferguson went to the infirmary and Grayson went to the Commandant's office.The Adventurer
Cyril M. Kornbluth
- a place for the treatment of the sick or injured; dispensary; hospital
Word Origin and History for infirmary
mid-15c., "sick bay in a monastery," from Medieval Latin infirmaria "a place for the infirm," from Latin infirmus "weak, frail," (see infirm). The common name for a public hospital in 18c. England.
- A place for the care of the infirm, sick, or injured, especially a small hospital or clinic in an institution or school.