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hospital

[hos-pi-tl] /ˈhɒs pɪ tl/
noun
1.
an institution in which sick or injured persons are given medical or surgical treatment.
2.
a similar establishment for the care of animals.
3.
a repair shop for specific portable objects:
violin hospital; doll hospital.
4.
British. an institution supported by charity or taxes for the care of the needy, as an orphanage or old people's home.
Origin of hospital
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English hospitale < Medieval Latin, noun use of neuter of Latin hospitālis hospitable, equivalent to hospit- (see hospitium) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
minihospital, noun
multihospital, adjective
posthospital, adjective
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  • The hospital had been a place of refuge, she hated to leave it.

    To Love Margaret Peterson
  • They looked from the windows of the hospital, and from the roofs of houses.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • His father had given it to him in the hospital where Dickie was taken to say good-bye to him.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • She could not bring herself at first to tell him about the hospital.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I go to the dissection hall at daybreak and then to the hospital.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for hospital

hospital

/ˈhɒspɪtəl/
noun
1.
an institution for the medical, surgical, obstetric, or psychiatric care and treatment of patients
2.
(modifier) having the function of a hospital: a hospital ship
3.
a repair shop for something specified: a dolls' hospital
4.
(archaic) a charitable home, hospice, or school
Word Origin
C13: from Medieval Latin hospitāle hospice, from Latin hospitālis relating to a guest, from hospes, hospit- guest, host1
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Word Origin and History for hospital
n.

mid-13c., "shelter for the needy," from Old French hospital, ospital "hostel" (Modern French hôpital), from Late Latin hospitale "guest-house, inn," neuter of Latin adjective hospitalis "of a guest or host," from hospes (genitive hospitis); see host (n.1). Later "charitable institution to house and maintain the needy" (early 15c.); sense of "institution for sick people" is first recorded 1540s.

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hospital in Medicine

hospital hos·pi·tal (hŏs'pĭ-tl, -pĭt'l)
n.
An institution that provides medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and treatment for the sick or the injured.

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