infirmary

noun
in·​fir·​ma·​ry | \ in-ˈfərm-rē How to pronounce infirmary (audio) , -ˈfər-mə- \
plural infirmaries

Definition of infirmary

1 : a place (as in a school or prison) where sick or injured individuals receive care and treatment
2 : a large medical facility : hospital Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Examples of infirmary in a Sentence

One of the students became ill and was sent to the infirmary.
Recent Examples on the Web Enter the former infirmary of the Wisconsin State Child Center for a chilling night of fun Oct. 31-Nov. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Halloween Nature Hike, House of Shadows, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 28 Oct. 2019 In urban counties with larger populations, the majority of inmates’ medical problems are dealt with in the jails, usually by private companies that provide infirmaries, round-the-clock nurses and doctors who make regular visits. Connor Sheets, ProPublica, "These Sheriffs Release Sick Inmates to Avoid Paying Their Hospital Bills," 30 Sep. 2019 According to coroner’s officials, Spratling was discovered unresponsive outside of a prison dorm area at 9:16 p.m. He was taken to the lockup’s infirmary, where he was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m. No foul play is suspected in his death. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Man convicted in 1997 slayings of his grandparents dies in state prison," 19 Sep. 2019 Its expansive infirmary is primarily for suicide prevention, and its 14 isolation cells were constantly full. Jason Pohl, ProPublica, "A Jail Increased Extreme Isolation to Stop Suicides. More People Killed Themselves.," 5 Nov. 2019 Its facilities included multiple offices, wet and dry science labs, a machine shop, a gym, a movie lounge, an infirmary, and satellite internet access that enabled Vescovo to conduct business from the middle of nowhere. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019 In urban counties with larger populations, the majority of inmates' medical problems are dealt with in the jails, usually by private companies that provide infirmaries, round-the-clock nurses and doctors who make regular visits. Connor Sheets | Csheets@al.com, al, "Alabama sheriffs release sick, dying inmates from jail to avoid paying their hospital bills," 30 Sep. 2019 Just days before his death, a corrections employee called the infirmary to ask that Barton be readmitted immediately because his declining health. oregonlive.com, "Disability Rights OR says negligence by prison nurses, medical staff caused inmate’s death," 22 July 2019 During the remainder of the month, he was taken to the infirmary in a wheelchair pushed by other inmates multiple times. oregonlive.com, "Disability Rights OR says negligence by prison nurses, medical staff caused inmate’s death," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of infirmary

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Infirmary.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infirmary. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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infirmary

noun
How to pronounce infirmary (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of infirmary

: a place where sick people stay and are cared for in a school, prison, summer camp, etc.

infirmary

noun
in·​fir·​ma·​ry | \ in-ˈfər-mə-rē How to pronounce infirmary (audio) \
plural infirmaries

Kids Definition of infirmary

: a place for the care and housing of sick people

infirmary

noun
in·​fir·​ma·​ry | \ in-ˈfərm-(ə-)rē How to pronounce infirmary (audio) \
plural infirmaries

Medical Definition of infirmary

1 : a place (as in a school or prison) where sick or injured individuals receive care and treatment
2 : a large medical facility : hospital Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

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