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[san-i-tair-ee-uh m] /ˌsæn ɪˈtɛər i əm/
noun, plural sanitariums, sanitaria
[san-i-tair-ee-uh] /ˌsæn ɪˈtɛər i ə/ (Show IPA)
an institution for the preservation or recovery of health, especially for convalescence; health resort.
Also, sanatorium.
Origin of sanitarium
1850-55; < Latin sānit(ās) health (see sanity) + -ārium -ary Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sanitarium
  • After several weeks in a sanitarium he recovers and goes bade to his old routine.
  • sanitarium's satisfaction of its licensing requirements.
  • Allow real junkies to use their drug of choice inside a junkie sanitarium or compound.
  • Ten years later, the three survivors of the incident find themselves recuperating in a sanitarium.
  • Kathleen's caseload doubles when her law partner gets shipped off to the sanitarium following weeks on a pill-fed fad diet.
British Dictionary definitions for sanitarium


noun (pl) -riums, -ria (-rɪə)
an institution for the medical care and recuperation of persons who are chronically ill
a health resort
(Brit) a room in a boarding school where sick pupils may be treated in isolation
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Latin sānāre to heal


noun (pl) -riums, -ria (-rɪə)
the US spelling of sanatorium
Word Origin
C19: from Latin sānitās health
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Word Origin and History for sanitarium

1829, literally "place dedicated to health," from neuter of Modern Latin *sanitarius, from Latin sanitas "health," from sanus "healthy; sane" (see sane). Cf. sanatarium.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sanitarium in Medicine

sanitarium san·i·tar·i·um (sān'ĭ-târ'ē-əm)
See sanatorium.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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