Infirmary In*firm"a*ry ([i^]n*f[~e]rm"[.a]*r[y^]), n.; pl. {Infirmaries} (-r[i^]z). [Cf. OE. fermerie, OF. enfermerie, F. infirmerie, LL. infirmaria. See {Infirm}.] A hospital, or place where the infirm or sick are lodged and nursed gratuitously, or where out-patients are treated. [1913 Webster]

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  • infirmary — mid 15c., sick bay in a monastery, from M.L. infirmaria a place for the infirm, from L. infirmus weak, frail, (see INFIRM (Cf. infirm)). The common name for a public hospital in 18c. England …   Etymology dictionary

  • infirmary — ► NOUN (pl. infirmaries) ▪ a hospital or place set aside for the care of the sick or injured …   English terms dictionary

  • infirmary — [in fʉr′mə rē] n. pl. infirmaries [ML infirmaria, infirmarium < L infirmus] a place for the care of the sick, injured, or infirm; esp., a building or room, as in a school, that serves as a hospital or dispensary …   English World dictionary

  • Infirmary — An infirmary is a hospital.The Infirmary can refer to:*Australia ** Sydney Infirmary and Dispensary , now Sydney Hospital ** Melbourne Infirmary now Kingston Centre ** Mount Royal Benevolent Asylum Infirmary (closed) ** Geelong Infirmary and… …   Wikipedia

  • infirmary — UK [ɪnˈfɜː(r)mərɪ] / US [ɪnˈfɜrmərɪ] noun [countable] Word forms infirmary : singular infirmary plural infirmaries 1) a hospital: this word is often used in the names of hospitals the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary 2) a room in some schools and other… …   English dictionary

  • infirmary — [[t]ɪnfɜ͟ː(r)məri[/t]] infirmaries N COUNT: oft in names after n Some hospitals are called infirmaries. Mrs Hardie had been taken to the infirmary in an ambulance. ...the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford …   English dictionary

  • infirmary — /in ferr meuh ree/, n., pl. infirmaries. 1. a place for the care of the infirm, sick, or injured; hospital or facility serving as a hospital: a school infirmary. 2. a dispensary. [1425 75; late ME < ML infirmaria. See INFIRM, ARY] * * * …   Universalium

  • infirmary — in•fir•ma•ry [[t]ɪnˈfɜr mə ri[/t]] n. pl. ries a place for the care of the infirm, sick, or injured; hospital or facility serving as a hospital: a school infirmary[/ex] • Etymology: 1425–75; late ME < ML …   From formal English to slang

  • infirmary — noun (plural ries) Date: 15th century a place where the infirm or sick are lodged for care and treatment …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • infirmary — A clinic or small hospital, especially in a school or college. [L. infirmarium; see infirm] * * * in·fir·ma·ry in fərm (ə )rē n, pl ries a place esp. in a school or college for the care and treatment of the sick * * * in·fir·ma·ry (in furґmə …   Medical dictionary

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