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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for minihospital

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 minihospital
hospital
1242, "shelter for the needy," from O.Fr. hospital "hostel," from L.L. hospitale "guest-house, inn," neut. of L. adj. hospitalis "of a guest or host," from hospes (gen. hospitis); see host (1). Later "charitable institution to house and maintain the needy" (1418); sense of "institution for sick people" is first recorded 1549. Hospitalize is from 1901, "Freq(uently) commented on as an unhappy formation" [OED].
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minihospital 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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