Definition of Hospital

1. Noun. A health facility where patients receive treatment.

2. Noun. A medical institution where sick or injured people are given medical or surgical care.
Generic synonyms: Medical Institution
Terms within: Coronary Care Unit, Icu, Intensive Care Unit
Derivative terms: Hospitalize

Definition of Hospital

1. n. A place for shelter or entertainment; an inn.

2. a. Hospitable.

Definition of Hospital

1. Noun. A building designed to diagnose and treat the sick, injured or dying. Usually has a staff of doctors and nurses to aid in the treatment of patients. ¹

2. Noun. A building founded for the long term care of its residents, such as an almshouse. The residents may have no physical ailments, but simply need financial support. ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) A place of lodging. ¹

4. Noun. (UK chiefly in prepositional phrases without determiner or article) The place and state of being hospitalized. ¹

5. Adjective. (obsolete) hospitable ¹

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Definition of Hospital

1. a medical institution [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hospital

1. 1. A place for shelter or entertainment; an inn. 2. A building in which the sick, injured, or infirm are received and treated; a public or private institution founded for reception and cure, or for the refuge, of persons diseased in body or mind, or disabled, infirm, or dependent, and in which they are treated either at their own expense, or more often by charity in whole or in part; a tent, building, or other place where the sick or wounded of an army cared for. Hospital ship, a vessel fitted up for a floating hospital. Hospital Sunday, a Sunday set apart for simultaneous contribution in churches to hospitals; as, the London Hospital Sunday. Origin: OF. Hospital, ospital, F. Hopital, LL. Hospitale (or perh. E. Hospital is directly from the Late Latin), from L. Hospitalis relating to a guest, hospitalia apartments for guests, fr. Hospes guest. See Host a landlord, and cf. Hostel, Hotel, Spital. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hospital

hospice care
hospital (current term)
hospital-patient relations
hospital-physician joint ventures
hospital-physician relations
hospital acquired pneumonia
hospital administration
hospital administrators
hospital attendant
hospital auxiliaries
hospital bed
hospital bed capacity
hospital care
hospital chaplain
hospital charges
hospital communication systems

Literary usage of Hospital

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Library Journal by American Library Association, Library Association (1922)
"A. L A. hospital Service BY .CAROLINE WEBSTER THE library service for disabled soldiers, sailors and marines in Public Health Service and contract hospitals ..."

2. Who's who in America by John William Leonard, Albert Nelson Marquis (1903)
"The hospital of the college, which contains 140 beds and also has an out patient ... There are numerous prizes and hospital appointments which are annually ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1900)
"The hospital contained chiefly native medical cases of both sexes. The San Lázaro or leper hospital, in the outskirts of Manila, ..."

4. The Medical Clinics of North America by Michael C. Fiore, Stephen S. Entman, Charles B. Rush (1922)
"MD, Associate Attending Physician to the Lenox Hill hospital; ... Assistant Visiting Physician, Bellevue hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, ..."

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