suburb of Washington, D.C., in central Md.
Origin of Bethesdaafter the biblical Bethesda (in RSV, Bethzatha): John 5:2
An unincorporated city of west-central Maryland, a residential suburb of Washington, DC. The National Institutes of Health and Naval Medical Center are here.
- (biblical) A pool in Jerusalem mentioned in the New Testament.
- (poetic) Any location whose waters are supposed to have curative properties.
From Aramaic, (בית-חסדא, literally "House of Grace").