plural parabolani
: an official or a member of a brotherhood in the early church devoted to the care of the sick especially in infectious or contagious cases

Word History


Late Latin parabolanus, parabalanus, probably from (assumed) Late Greek parabalaneus, from Greek para- para- entry 1 + balaneus bathhouse servant, from balaneion bathhouse, hot bath

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“Parabolanus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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