- 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.
- 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: ModL from Classical Latin sanitas, health from sanus, healthy
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noun pl. san·i·tar·i·ums or san·i·tar·i·a
Origin: New Latin sānitārium, from Latin sānitās, health; see sanity.
sanitarium - Medical Definition