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infirmary

[in-fur-muh-ree] /ɪnˈfɜr mə ri/
noun, plural infirmaries.
1.
a place for the care of the infirm, sick, or injured; hospital or facility serving as a hospital:
a school infirmary.
2.
a dispensary.
Origin of infirmary
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin infirmāria. See infirm, -ary
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  • The remains of the infirmary and little cloisters are on the north of the cloister.

  • I came to full awareness under the luminescence of the infirmary's overhead.

    Attrition Jim Wannamaker
  • Guards had been placed at the entrances to the plaza so that the people, anxious for news, should not invade the infirmary.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Sister Annora, thou art appointed to the infirmary to-night.

    In Convent Walls Emily Sarah Holt
  • She went to the infirmary along with her husband, to see how the child was going on, and what hurt it had sustained.

    Sleep and Its Derangements William A. Hammond
  • The doctor was called in, Stepan was brought to the infirmary.

  • He carries his desolation with him, and the infirmary or the river will be the end of him.

    London's Underworld Thomas Holmes
British Dictionary definitions for infirmary

infirmary

/ɪnˈfɜːmərɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a place for the treatment of the sick or injured; dispensary; hospital
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Word Origin and History for infirmary
n.

mid-15c., "sick bay in a monastery," from Medieval Latin infirmaria "a place for the infirm," from Latin infirmus "weak, frail," (see infirm). The common name for a public hospital in 18c. England.

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infirmary in Medicine

infirmary in·fir·ma·ry (ĭn-fûr'mə-rē)
n.
A place for the care of the infirm, sick, or injured, especially a small hospital or clinic in an institution or school.

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