hospital ship

a ship built to serve as a hospital, especially used to treat the wounded in wartime and accorded safe passage by international law.

1675–85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
On their return trip to pick up more troops, they became a hospital ship, bringing back the casualties of war.
The seventh was kept aboard a hospital ship for unspecified reasons.
The hospital ship is loaded with medical expertise and supplies.
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