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 After contracting tuberculosis at 13, he was sent to a sanatorium for a year. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, 8 June 2022 Some faced less lethal forms of persecution, such as Käthe Abels, who ran a small sanatorium outside of Berlin. Samuel Huneke, CNN, 2 June 2022 His family lived on the grounds of a pediatric-tuberculosis sanatorium. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 The first of the book’s four sections takes the form of a popular novella based on Bevel’s life, depicting the financier as an emotionally repressed numbers savant who drove his wife to madness and an agonizing death in a Swiss sanatorium. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 The Ukrainian prosecutor-general’s office said the bodies of five men with their hands bound were found in the basement of a children’s sanatorium where civilians were tortured and killed. Oleksandr Stashevskyi, chicagotribune.com, 5 Apr. 2022 The Ukrainian prosecutor-general’s office said the bodies of five men with their hands bound were found in the basement of a children’s sanatorium where civilians were tortured and killed. Oleksandr Stashevskyi, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Apr. 2022 Her luck seems to change when she is sent to a sanatorium on an island, but a mysterious lady warns her about it. Marta Balaga, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 Mykhailo contracted tuberculosis and spent eight years in a sanatorium. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 20 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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