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[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/.
  1. an institution for the preservation or recovery of health, especially for convalescence; health resort.
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Origin of sanitarium

1850–55; < Latin sānit(ās) health (see sanity) + -ārium -ary
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Related Words for sanitaria

sanitarium, shelter, clinic, ward, infirmary, hospice, institution, turmoil, bedlam, chaos, pandemonium, uproar, asylum, lodge, hotel, whirlpool, sauna, surgery, sanatorium, madhouse

Examples from the Web for sanitaria

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)
  1. the US spelling of sanatorium
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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.

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sanitaria in Medicine


  1. sanatorium
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