When people had polio and had to stay in a special hospital for a long time to get better, the special hospital they were sent to was an example of a sanitarium.
nounpl. -·i·ums or -·ia
- a quiet resort, as in the mountains, where people go to rest and regain health
- an institution for the care of invalids or convalescents, esp. one making use of local natural resources, as mineral springs, or one treating a specific disease, as tuberculosis
Origin of sanitariumModern Latin from Classical Latin sanitas, health from sanus, healthy
nounpl. san·i·tar·i·ums, or san·i·tar·i·a
Origin of sanitariumNew Latin sānitārium from Latin sānitās health ; see sanity .
(plural sanitariums or sanitaria)
- (US) Alternative spelling of sanatorium.
From New Latin sÄnitÄrium, from sÄnitÄs (“health").