Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An institution for the treatment of chronic diseases or for medically supervised recuperation.
  • n. A resort for improvement or maintenance of health, especially for convalescents. Also called sanitarium.

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  • n. an institution that treats chronic diseases, and provides supervised recuperation and convalescence

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An establishment for the treatment of the sick; a resort for invalids. See sanitarium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A place to which people go for the sake of health; a locality to which people resort to regain health; also, a house, hotel, or medical institution in such a locality, designed to accommodate invalids: specifically applied to military stations on the mountains or tablelands of tropical countries, with climates suited to the health of Europeans.
  • n. A hospital, usually a private hospital for the treatment of patients who are not beyond the hope of cure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hospital for recuperation or for the treatment of chronic diseases
  • n. pejorative terms for an insane asylum

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From neuter of Late Latin sānātōrius, curative, from Latin sānātus, past participle of sānāre, to heal, from sānus, healthy.

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Latin sanatus, past participle of sānō ("to cure, to heal").

Examples

  • December 2nd, 2009 Golfer TIGER WOODS has escaped rapist charges following a single-vehicle accident, which landed him in sanatorium upon Friday (27Nov09).

    Archive 2009-12-01

  • Thus he called his sanatorium in Kent "The Confessional," and his methods, there, followed pretty closely the methods of the mediæval

    Too Old for Dolls A Novel

  • At that rate, experts say, the return of the sanatorium is a real possibility in some cities.

    A New Face For An Old Nemesis

  • The front of the sanatorium was an old villa with turrets and a stained-glass window above the carved door, but its back was a concrete addition with recessed windows too small for anyone to squeeze through.

    Floating in My Mother’s Palm

  • I let the motor skim along at a good rate, and wasn't long in bringing the bunch to the place I had thought of, which happens to be a small, private sanatorium, which isn't known to be one at all, save by those who patronize it and who want to put their loved ones away for a time, secretly.

    The Last Woman

  • I said that a sanatorium was a place where the man who runs it can't afford to have likes and dislikes; that for my part I'd a good deal rather he'd get rid of his excitement by shooting off a gun, provided he pointed it away from the house, than to sit around and let his mind explode and kill all our prospects.

    Where there's a Will

  • You see the sanatorium was a mighty fine piece of property, with a deer park and golf links.

    Where there's a Will

  • The attendant who was with me most of the time while I remained at the sanatorium was the kindly one already mentioned.

    A Mind That Found Itself An Autobiography

  • Still, it is not equal to that of Neura-Ellia, very properly called the sanatorium of the island, to which we were bound.

    My First Voyage to Southern Seas

  • I of course grew up incorrectly thinking that the word "sanatorium" was reserved for "crazy people" and ergo, I thought that either my Mother or I was nuts.

    Norman Horowitz: Pull the Plug on Grandma

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