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hospital

hos·pi·tal

hospital

 
 
pronunciation:
ha spih tl
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part of speech: noun
definition: a place where sick or hurt people go to find care or help.
similar words:
clinic, institution
Word History
The words hospital and hospitality both come from a Latin word for "guest-house." During the Middle Ages in England, houses of shelter for the poor and needy were called "hospitals." "Hospital" did not mean "a place for sick people" until 1549.
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