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[san-i-tair-ee-uh m]
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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 sanitarium

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

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Contemporary Examples of sanitarium

Historical Examples of sanitarium

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

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

  • There ahead of him, perched on the cliff, at the foot of which the river flowed, was the sanitarium.

British Dictionary definitions for sanitarium


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 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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sanitarium in Medicine


  1. sanatorium
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