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)


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