Sanitarium meaning

săn'ĭ-târ'ē-əm
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.

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A quiet resort, as in the mountains, where people go to rest and regain health.
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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.
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(US) Alternative spelling of sanatorium.
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Origin of sanitarium

New Latin sānitārium from Latin sānitās health sanity