Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic A hospital, especially one for patients with contagious diseases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hospital.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hospital.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hospital; properly, a hospital for lazars.

Etymologies

Middle English spitel, short for hospital; see hospital.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviated from hospital. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “I see people in my clinic who can barely pronounce the word,” says Sabrina Kendrick, director of the STD screening clinic at John H. Stroger Jr. (formerly Cook County) H.spital in Chicago.

    Chlamydia, the Silent STD That Can Cause Infertility

  • It was the good fortune of this ill office worker with the mysterious lung problem to see Dr. Robert H. Rubin, an infectious disease specialist at the Massachusetts General H.spital, at the time the director of the hospital's clinical investigation program.

    Diagnosis: What Doctors Are Missing

  • At John H. Stroger Jr. H.spital -- formerly known as Cook County H.spital -- 56% of patients don't have any insurance when they are admitted, says John Cookinham, the hospital's chief financial officer.

    Nonprofit Hospitals, Once

  • "I think endovascular repair is superior," said William H. Pearce, chief of vascular surgery at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial H.spital, who had read the study.

    Study Is Likely to Bolster Stent-Graft Use

  • He declares, he will sooner visit a house infected with the plague, than trust himself in such a nauseous spital for the future, for he swears the accident was occasioned by the stench of the crowd; and that he would never desire a stronger proof of our being made of very gross materials, than our having withstood the annoyance, by which he was so much discomposed.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • In this equipage they made an excursion upon the country till they came near to the Vauguyon, which is the valley of Guyon, and to the spital, but could never find anybody to speak unto; whereupon they returned a little back, and took occasion to pass above the aforesaid hospital to try what intelligence they could come by in those parts.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Thus, said Friar John, at Seuille, the rascally beggars being one evening on a solemn holiday at supper in the spital, one bragged of having got six blancs, or twopence halfpenny; another eight liards, or twopence; a third, seven caroluses, or sixpence; but an old mumper made his vaunts of having got three testons, or five shillings.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • It will prompt marriages with worn-out widows so eaten with disease that 'the spital house and ulcerous sores/Would cast the gorge at'.

    Shakespeare

  • To these we add also the cordial testimony of Dr.W. H. Reed, one of her associates, at City Point, in his recently published "H.spital Life in the Army of the Potomac:"

    Woman's Work in the Civil War A Record of Heroism, Patriotism, and Patience

  • There are 43 Sisters belonging to No. -- General H.spital on the floor below us camping out in the same way -- 86 altogether in the building, one wing of which is the Sick Officers 'H.spital of No. -- G.H. The No. -- people are moving up the line to-night.

    Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915

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