Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Medieval Latin hospitale 'place to stay at', from Latin hospitalis 'of a guest', from hospes; HOST1


hos‧pi‧tal S2 W1 [uncountable and countable]
a large building where sick or injured people receive medical treatmentCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
in hospital British English in the hospital American English go to hospital British English go to the hospital American English come/be out of hospital British English come/be out of the hospital American English leave hospital British English leave the hospital American English be taken to hospital British English be taken to the hospital American English be rushed to hospital British English be rushed to the hospital American English be airlifted/flown to hospital British English, be airlifted/flown to the hospital American English (=be taken to hospital in a plane) be admitted to hospital British English, be admitted to the hospital American English (=be brought into a hospital for treatment) be discharged/released from hospital British English be discharged/released from the hospital American English (=be allowed to leave a hospital because you are better) psychiatric hospital (=a hospital for people with mental illness) maternity hospital (=a hospital where women have their babies) hospital treatment/care hospital stay (=the period that someone spends in hospital)
He's in hospital recovering from an operation.
By the time she went to the hospital, the pain was really bad.
Your mother should be out of hospital within three days.
She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being rushed to hospital.
A man has been admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds.
He is likely to be discharged from the hospital later today.
a top-security psychiatric hospital
More than 20 officers needed hospital treatment.
surgical techniques which avoid the need for a hospital stay
WORD FOCUS: hospital WORD FOCUS: hospital
types of hospital: medical center American English (a big hospital)
maternity hospital
(for women who are having a baby)
mental hospital
/psychiatric hospital (for people who are mentally ill)
(for people receiving a particular kind of treatment)
(for people who are dying)
nursing home
(for old people)

parts of a hospital: A&E also casualty British English, emergency room American English, operating theatre British English/operating room American English, ward, unit

people in a hospital: doctor, nurse, surgeon, patient, orderly

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