|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|
|[C13: from Medieval Latin hospitāle hospice, from Latin hospitālis relating to a guest, from hospes, hospit- guest, |
hospital hos·pi·tal (hŏs'pĭ-tl, -pĭt'l)
An institution that provides medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and treatment for the sick or the injured.