[san-i-tair-ee-uh m]

noun, plural san·i·tar·i·ums, san·i·tar·i·a [san-i-tair-ee-uh] /ˌsæn ɪˈtɛər i ə/.

an institution for the preservation or recovery of health, especially for convalescence; health resort.

Origin of sanitarium

1850–55; < Latin sānit(ās) health (see sanity) + -ārium -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of sanitaria

  • Other trained nurses become matrons and housekeepers in private hospitals, sanitaria, and colleges.

    The Canadian Girl at Work

    Marjory MacMurchy

British Dictionary definitions for sanitaria


noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)

the US spelling of sanatorium

Word Origin for sanitarium

C19: from Latin sānitās health
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Word Origin and History for sanitaria



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

Medicine definitions for sanitaria




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