Definition of sanatorium in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsanəˈtɔːrɪəm/

noun (plural sanatoriums or sanatoria /ˌsanəˈtɔːrɪə/)

1An establishment for the medical treatment of people who are convalescing or have a chronic illness.
Example sentences
  • Employees at Argentine public health and private hospitals, clinics, sanatoriums and emergency services carried out a 24-hour strike on September 15 to press their demand for better wages and job security.
  • Further work on drugs for tuberculosis marked the beginning of the end of the old approach of treatment sanatoriums, and a large study of the benefits of BCG in adolescents lead to Britain's mass vaccination programme.
  • During the second world war he had pulmonary tuberculosis, but after treatment in a sanatorium and extensive surgery he returned to practice until the age of 72.
infirmary, clinic, sickbay, sickroom, medical centre, hospital, hospice, nursing home, convalescent home, rest home;
North American  sanitarium
informal san
1.1British A room or building for sick children in a boarding school.
Example sentences
  • She is a sanatorium sister at King's School, in Bruton, Somerset.
  • In 1965 the Sanatorium moved from one old vicarage (College House) to another (Peterborough House).


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, based on Latin sanare 'heal'.

Words that rhyme with sanatorium

auditorium, ciborium, conservatorium, crematorium, emporium, moratorium, scriptorium, sudatorium, vomitorium
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