Hospital meaning

hŏspĭ-tl, -pĭtl
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The definition of a hospital is a place to get medical attention.

An example of hospital is where an ambulance would take you.

An example of hospital is where someone would go to have surgery done.

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A clinic providing surgical or emergency medical care for domesticated animals, esp. pets.
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An institution providing medical, surgical, or psychiatric testing and treatment for people who are ill, injured, pregnant, etc. on an inpatient, outpatient, or emergency care basis: often involved with public health programs, research, medical education, etc.
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A building founded for the long term care of its residents, such as an almshouse. The residents may have no physical ailments, but simply need financial support.
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(chiefly british) A charitable institution, such as an orphanage or a home for the elderly.
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(UK, chiefly in prepositional phrases, without determiner or article) The place and state of being hospitalized.

Luckily an ambulance arrived quickly and he was rushed to hospital.

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(obsolete) Hospitable.

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A repair shop for specified items.

A doll hospital.

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(archaic) A hospice for travelers or pilgrims.
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A repair shop for dolls, clocks, or other small items.
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(chiefly british) A charitable institution, such as an orphanage or a home for the elderly.
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A building designed to diagnose and treat the sick, injured or dying. Usually has a staff of doctors and nurses to aid in the treatment of patients.
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Origin of hospital

  • Middle English hospice from Old French ospital from Medieval Latin hospitāle from neuter of Latin hospitālis of a guest from hospes hospit- guest ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French hospital (Modern French hôpital), from Latin hospitālis (“hospitable”), from hospes (“host, guest”)

    From Wiktionary