Hospital



[hos-pi-tl] /ˈhɒs pɪ tl/

noun
1.
an institution in which sick or injured persons are given medical or surgical treatment.
2.
a similar establishment for the care of animals.
3.
a repair shop for specific portable objects:
violin hospital; doll hospital.
4.
British. an institution supported by charity or taxes for the care of the needy, as an orphanage or old people’s home.
/ˈhɒspɪtəl/
noun
1.
an institution for the medical, surgical, obstetric, or psychiatric care and treatment of patients
2.
(modifier) having the function of a hospital: a hospital ship
3.
a repair shop for something specified: a dolls’ hospital
4.
(archaic) a charitable home, hospice, or school
n.

mid-13c., “shelter for the needy,” from Old French hospital, ospital “hostel” (Modern French hôpital), from Late Latin hospitale “guest-house, inn,” neuter of Latin adjective hospitalis “of a guest or host,” from hospes (genitive hospitis); see host (n.1). Later “charitable institution to house and maintain the needy” (early 15c.); sense of “institution for sick people” is first recorded 1540s.

hospital hos·pi·tal (hŏs’pĭ-tl, -pĭt’l)
n.
An institution that provides medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and treatment for the sick or the injured.

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