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One entry found for hospital.
Main Entry: hos·pi·tal
Pronunciation: primarystresshäs-secondarystresspit-schwal
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English hospital "a stopping place for travelers, a place that cares for people too old, sick, or poor to care for themselves," from early French hospital (same meaning), derived from Latin hospitale "hospice, guest house," from hospitalis "of a guest," from hospit-, hospes "host, stranger, guest," from hostis "stranger, enemy" --related to HOSPITALITY, 1HOST, 2HOST, HOSTILE, HOTEL
: an institution where the sick or injured are given medical or surgical care

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