[ san-uh-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr- ]
/ ˌsæn əˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr- /

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.


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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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sanatorium


US sanitarium (ˌsænɪˈtɛərɪəm)

/ (ˌsænəˈtɔːrɪəm) /

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
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Medical definitions for sanatorium

[ săn′ə-tôrē-əm ]

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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