from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An institution for the treatment of chronic diseases or for medically supervised recuperation.
- n. A resort for improvement or maintenance of health, especially for convalescents. Also called sanitarium.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an institution that treats chronic diseases, and provides supervised recuperation and convalescence
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An establishment for the treatment of the sick; a resort for invalids. See sanitarium.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place to which people go for the sake of health; a locality to which people resort to regain health; also, a house, hotel, or medical institution in such a locality, designed to accommodate invalids: specifically applied to military stations on the mountains or tablelands of tropical countries, with climates suited to the health of Europeans.
- n. A hospital, usually a private hospital for the treatment of patients who are not beyond the hope of cure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hospital for recuperation or for the treatment of chronic diseases
- n. pejorative terms for an insane asylum
From neuter of Late Latin sānātōrius, curative, from Latin sānātus, past participle of sānāre, to heal, from sānus, healthy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin sanatus, past participle of sānō ("to cure, to heal"). (Wiktionary)