noun, plural pest·hous·es [pest-hou-ziz] /ˈpɛstˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a house or hospital for persons infected with pestilential disease.

Origin of pesthouse

First recorded in 1605–15; pest + house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pest house



obsolete a hospital for treating persons with infectious diseasesAlso called: lazaretto
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pest house in Medicine

pest house


A hospital for patients affected with plague or other infectious disease.
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