- The definition of a sanitarium is a special health care facility where people are treated for chronic disease or where people are able to recover from a long illness.
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. sanitariums or sanitaria
- 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").