san·​i·​tar·​i·​um | \ ˌsa-nə-ˈter-ē-əm How to pronounce sanitarium (audio) \
plural sanitariums or sanitaria\ ˌsa-​nə-​ˈter-​ē-​ə How to pronounce sanitaria (audio) \

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The land has been used as a campground of sorts, off and on, ever since the 1930s when it was first opened as a sanitarium with religious overtones where people would come to dry out before rehabilitation facilities were common. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Like camping, but not the hassle? This Valley Center glamping ranch is for you," 30 June 2019 In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Newitt was part of a group of residents pushing to convert an old tuberculosis sanitarium in Winfield to what would become Central DuPage Hospital, his son said. Bob Goldsborough,, "George Newitt, longtime Wheaton College trustee, dies at 100," 15 May 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce sanitarium (audio) \
plural sanitariums or sanitaria\ -​ē-​ə \

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san·​i·​tar·​i·​um | \ ˌsan-ə-ˈter-ē-əm How to pronounce sanitarium (audio) \
plural sanitariums or sanitaria\ -​ē-​ə How to pronounce sanitaria (audio) \

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