[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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  • It was a big haystack in a little clearing, some distance from the sanitarium.

  • Are you sure they spoke about my uncle, and property and a sanitarium?

  • His first act was to go to a place where he could observe the sanitarium.

  • "Never has been a sanitarium in this neighborhood," replied Bart.

  • The fellow was attired in the uniform of an attendant at the sanitarium.

British Dictionary definitions for sanitarium


noun plural -riums or -ria (-rɪə)

the US spelling of sanatorium

Word Origin for sanitarium

C19: from Latin sānitās health
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 sanitarium

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

sanitarium in Medicine




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