san·​i·​tar·​i·​um | \ˌsa-nə-ˈter-ē-əm \
plural sanitariums or sanitaria\ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈter-​ē-​ə \

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The yellow-brick Harborview Medical Center, decorated in places with white chevrons and pocked with dollhouse windows, is a gorgeous building, an early-twentieth-century sanitarium overlooking Seattle’s infinite harbor. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 The jury is out on whether sanitariums were effective. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the city health worker who tracks down tuberculosis patients in Anchorage," 3 July 2018 In downtown Battle Creek stand monuments to the Underground Railroad and to abolitionist and women’s-rights advocate Sojourner Truth, who was treated at the sanitarium and spent the last 26 years of her long life in the city. Richard Selden,, "Battle Creek dishes up cereal — with a side of nostalgia — at breakfast-food bash in June," 22 May 2018 Escape games come in all sorts of themes, most with a cinematic flair: crypt, haunted hotel, underground bunker, spaceship, sanitarium, zombie apocalypse, archaeological dig. Molly Young, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Escape Rooms," 25 Apr. 2018 The men are heavy drinkers, while Mary, newly released from a sanitarium, is fighting a dependency on morphine. New York Times, "Review: Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville Lead a Hard-Run ‘Long Day’s Journey’," 13 May 2018 Jarvis fought for full credit for founding Mother’s Day, a battle that consumed much of her time and money and eventually left her poor, blind, and living in a sanitarium at the end of her life. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "The History of Mother’s Day: How an Antiwar Protest Became a Commercial Holiday," 11 May 2018 The project to restore the buildings, which were originally used as a tuberculosis sanitarium opened in 1932, could also qualify for federal historic tax credits. Gregory B. Hladky,, "State Asks For Seaside Park Development Proposals," 28 Mar. 2018 Trouble is brewing at a sanitarium where one resident is dead and another has unexpectedly given birth. Daryl H. Miller,, "The 99-Seat Beat: Orson Bean and Alley Mills get lovey-dovey, Harold Pinter gets institutionalized," 26 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sanitarium

1851, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sanitarium

New Latin, from Latin sanitat-, sanitas health

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san·​i·​tar·​i·​um | \ˌsa-nə-ˈter-ē-əm \
plural sanitariums or sanitaria\ -​ē-​ə \

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san·​i·​tar·​i·​um | \ˌsan-ə-ˈter-ē-əm \
plural sanitariums or sanitaria\ -​ē-​ə \

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