[san-uh-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-]

noun, plural san·a·to·ri·ums, san·a·to·ri·a [san-uh-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /ˌsæn əˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sanatoria

Historical Examples of sanatoria

  • Now our sanatoria are nearly all founded on some special principle of therapeutics.


    James J. Walsh

  • (a) The Act of 1911 providing building grants for the establishment of sanatoria, dispensaries and other auxiliary institutions.

  • The middle zone of the Cameroon mountain has, however, a temperate climate and affords excellent sites for sanatoria.

  • The prisons are their sanatoria, the workhouses their homes of rest, and the casual ward their temporary conveniences.

    London's Underworld

    Thomas Holmes

  • In the neighbouring hills are sanatoria, like Jesu Maria, much favoured by the people of the plains who need a change.

    The Amazing Argentine

    John Foster Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for sanatoria


US sanitarium (ˌsænɪˈtɛərɪəm)

noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)

an institution for the medical care and recuperation of persons who are chronically ill
a health resort
British a room in a boarding school where sick pupils may be treated in isolation

Word Origin for sanatorium

C19: from New Latin, from Latin sānāre to heal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for sanatoria



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sanatoria in Medicine



n. pl. san•a•to•ri•ums

An institution for the treatment of chronic diseases or for medically supervised recuperation.
A resort for improvement or maintenance of health, especially for convalescents.sanitarium
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