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Syllabification: san·i·tar·i·um
Pronunciation: /ˌsanəˈterēəm

Definition of sanitarium in English:

noun (plural sanitariums or sanitaria /-ˈte(ə)rēə/)

North American
An establishment for the medical treatment of people who are convalescing or have a chronic illness.
Example sentences
  • Hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, sanitariums, and orphanages were all a part of the network of care for the immigrants.
  • Some thought it to be such a bizarre design for a residential neighborhood, it was mistaken for a sanitarium or hospital.
  • Nuns also provided cheap personnel for preschools, infirmaries, sanitariums, asylums, soup kitchens, and orphanages, especially in the North.


mid 19th century: pseudo-Latin, from Latin sanitas 'health'.

Words that rhyme with sanitarium

aquarium, armamentarium, barium, caldarium, cinerarium, columbarium, dolphinarium, frigidarium, herbarium, honorarium, planetarium, rosarium, solarium, sudarium, tepidarium, terrarium, vivarium

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