sanatorium

noun
san·​a·​to·​ri·​um | \ ˌsa-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce sanatorium (audio) \
variants: or sanitarium \ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈter-​ē-​əm How to pronounce sanatorium (audio) \ or less commonly sanitorium \ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əm How to pronounce sanatorium (audio) \
plural sanatoriums or sanatoria\ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə How to pronounce sanatorium (audio) \ or sanitariums or sanitaria\ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈter-​ē-​ə How to pronounce sanatorium (audio) \ also sanitoriums or sanitoria\ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə How to pronounce sanatorium (audio) \

Definition of sanatorium

1 : an establishment or facility offering usually long-term medical care or treatment: such as
a : an establishment that provides therapy typically involving specific regimens (such as special diet, fresh air, or daily exercise) for treatment or rehabilitation I contracted pulmonary tuberculosis and found myself flat on my back in a sanatorium in the Adirondack Mountains …— Walker Percy He wanted to kick the drugs, and several times in 1966 and 1967 he went to a sanitarium outside Paris and took a "sleeping cure"—a regimen of tranquillizers and bed rest.— Ingrid Sischy
b : a facility treating individuals with mental or emotional disorders He suffered his first nervous breakdown in November of 1947 … and was committed to a Long Island sanatorium for almost a year.— Francis Davis Feodora was in and out of sanatoria until she committed suicide in 1945.— Judy Bachrach … we read of Freud's twice-a-day visits to the sanitarium where his hysterical patient was staying …— Janet Malcolm
c : an institution for rest and recuperation It was the same sanitarium where he recovered from a quintuple heart bypass operation in 1996.— Fred Coleman
2 : an establishment catering to individuals seeking to improve or maintain good health : a health resort So all we get is a luxe bustling sanitarium with people concentrating on vegetarian diets and their colons.— Stanley Kauffmann

Examples of sanatorium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elin Warner must find her estranged brother's fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. New York Times, Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Elin Warner must find her estranged brother's fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. New York Times, Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Menzies explores the psychological effects of Philip’s family having been overthrown and exiled from Greece, only for his mother to later be diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to a sanatorium. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2021 His mother, Princess Alice, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and consigned to a sanatorium. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2021 Elin Warner must find her estranged brother's fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. New York Times, Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Elin Warner must find her estranged brother's fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. New York Times, Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 Elin Warner must find her estranged brother's fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. New York Times, Star Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 More like a sanatorium or a teen detention center: thick, rectangular, the smudged square window crisscrossed with lines and a number taped on as an afterthought. Ew Staff, EW.com, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sanatorium

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanatorium

sanatorium from Late Latin sānātōrius (adjective) "healing" (from Latin sānāre "to cure, restore to health"—derivative of sānus "sound, healthy," of uncertain origin— + -tōrius, deverbal adjective suffix) + -orium; sanitarium from Latin sānitās "health, soundness of mind" + -arium — more at sanity

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“Sanatorium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sanatorium. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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sanatorium

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sanatorium

old-fashioned : a place for the care and treatment of people who are recovering from illness or who have a disease that will last a long time

sanatorium

noun
san·​a·​to·​ri·​um | \ ˌsa-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əm How to pronounce sanatorium (audio) \
plural sanatoriums or sanatoria\ -​ē-​ə \

Kids Definition of sanatorium

: a place for the care and treatment usually of people recovering from illness or having a disease likely to last a long time

sanatorium

noun
san·​a·​to·​ri·​um | \ ˌsan-ə-ˈtōr-ē-əm, -ˈtȯr- How to pronounce sanatorium (audio) \
plural sanatoriums or sanatoria\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce sanatorium (audio) \

Medical Definition of sanatorium

1 : an establishment that provides therapy combined with a regimen (as of diet and exercise) for treatment or rehabilitation
2a : an institution for rest and recuperation (as of convalescents)
b : an establishment for the treatment of the chronically ill a tuberculosis sanatorium

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