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 sanitarium (audio) \ or less commonly sanitorium \ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əm How to pronounce sanitorium (audio) \
plural sanatoriums or sanatoria\ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə How to pronounce sanatoria (audio) \ or sanitariums or sanitaria\ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈter-​ē-​ə How to pronounce sanitaria (audio) \ also sanitoriums or sanitoria\ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə How to pronounce sanitoria (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 At the sanatorium, the architecture itself was part of the cure. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture," 17 June 2020 Several sanatoriums were set amid the pine forests. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "A century before coronavirus, Arizona was a haven for people fleeing another fearsome disease," 11 May 2020 During the third wave of the Spanish flu, between January and April 1919, the sanatorium's luck ran out. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Extreme actions during Spanish flu may preview decisions on coronavirus today," 7 Mar. 2020 Other sanatoriums soon opened, drawing even more travelers. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "A century before coronavirus, Arizona was a haven for people fleeing another fearsome disease," 11 May 2020 The Party boss decided that the road from the sanatorium to Vladivostok—the route along which Brezhnev and Ford’s motorcade would travel on a sightseeing trip—would reflect the city’s rebirth. Alex Halberstadt, The New Yorker, "October’s Child: The Year I Left the Soviet Union," 5 Apr. 2020 Doctors administered the first tuberculosis vaccine—based in part on Koch’s research—in 1921, and slowly, the need for sanatoriums disappeared. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "‘Unclean! Unclean!’: The Questionable History of Quarantines," 6 Mar. 2020 Croghan’s idea of separating tuberculosis patients from the general population had merit, and the late 1800s and early 1900s saw the construction of a network of sanatoriums, many of which became vibrant, self-sufficient farming communities. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "‘Unclean! Unclean!’: The Questionable History of Quarantines," 6 Mar. 2020 In 1930 she was taken forcibly to a Swiss sanatorium, where she was treated by Sigmund Freud. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "What you need to know about Princess Alice of Battenberg, Prince Philip's tragic, heroic mother," 18 Nov. 2019

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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 15 Jul. 2020.

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sanatorium

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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 sanatoria (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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