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 Dictionary entry overview: What does infirmary mean? 

  The noun INFIRMARY has 1 sense:

1. a health facility where patients receive treatment

  Familiarity information: INFIRMARY used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A health facility where patients receive treatment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


hospital; infirmary

Hypernyms ("infirmary" is a kind of...):

health facility; healthcare facility; medical building (building where medicine is practiced)

Meronyms (parts of "infirmary"):

burn center (a center where patients with severe burns can be treated)

clinic (a healthcare facility for outpatient care)

hospital room (a room in a hospital for the care of patients)

hospital ward; ward (block forming a division of a hospital (or a suite of rooms) shared by patients who need a similar kind of care)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "infirmary"):

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)

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