lep·​ro·​sar·​i·​um ˌle-prə-ˈser-ē-əm How to pronounce leprosarium (audio)
plural leprosariums or leprosaria ˌle-prə-ˈser-ē-ə How to pronounce leprosarium (audio)
: a hospital for leprosy patients

Examples of leprosarium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Concealing their identity and disfigurements, the leprosarium's residents could have their own day to celebrate Mardi Gras, liberated socially and psychologically from their disfiguring disease. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2013 There are few islands in the world like Oshima, Japan's only island leprosarium -- an island inhabited almost entirely by victims of leprosy. David McElhenney, CNN, 27 Dec. 2021 The reason for that is Carville, the first leprosarium in the continental United States, open from 1894-1999. Chris Smith | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, 22 Jan. 2021

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Word History


Medieval Latin, from Late Latin leprosus

First Known Use

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leprosarium was circa 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Leprosarium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leprosarium. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


lep·​ro·​sar·​i·​um ˌlep-rə-ˈser-ē-əm How to pronounce leprosarium (audio)
plural leprosariums or leprosaria -ē-ə How to pronounce leprosarium (audio)
: a hospital for leprosy patients
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