A hospital is the place to go when you're very sick or injured in a way that requires immediate treatment. If you trip over your shoelaces and break your arm, you'll need to go to the hospital.

People having surgery or delivering a baby usually go to a hospital, and if you suspect you have food poisoning, you might visit the emergency room of a hospital. Hospitals are staffed by doctors and nurses, as well as office workers, cleaners, and aides of various kinds. The earliest hospitals were shelters or needy people, or hostels for travelers, and the word comes from the Late Latin hospitale, "guest house or inn."

Definitions of hospital

n a medical institution where sick or injured people are given medical or surgical care

Type of:
medical institution
an institution created for the practice of medicine

n a health facility where patients receive treatment

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creche, foundling hospital
a hospital where foundlings (infant children of unknown parents) are taken in and cared for
lazar house, lazaret, lazarette, lazaretto, pesthouse
hospital for persons with infectious diseases (especially leprosy)
maternity hospital
a hospital that provides care for women during pregnancy and childbirth and for newborn infants
asylum, insane asylum, institution, mental home, mental hospital, mental institution, psychiatric hospital
a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
military hospital
hospital for soldiers and other military personnel
sanatarium, sanatorium, sanitarium
a hospital for recuperation or for the treatment of chronic diseases
Bedlam, booby hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny farm, funny house, loony bin, madhouse, nut house, nuthouse, sanatorium, snake pit
pejorative terms for an insane asylum
field hospital
a temporary military hospital near the battle lines
Type of:
health facility, healthcare facility, medical building
building where medicine is practiced

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