Definition of infirmary in English:

infirmary

noun

  • 1A place in a large institution for the care of those who are ill.

    ‘the prison infirmary’
    • ‘Her eyes opened and she stared up at him curiously, seeming not in the least bit surprised to be sleeping in the prison infirmary.’
    • ‘I awoke, letting my eyes slowly adjust to the dim but still traumatic lighting of the infirmary.’
    • ‘I walked out of the communications room and headed towards the infirmary.’
    • ‘She did feel that she was fit to the task, prison infirmary or not.’
    • ‘The size of a small hospital, the infirmary had more than enough resources to tend to the wounded, and they were well taken care of.’
    • ‘Nobody ever had to wear a hospital gown unless they'd been in the infirmary for something.’
    • ‘Before actually coming strait to my house I had to drop by the school infirmary to get my hand taken care of and go in search for Sam's clothes.’
    • ‘In 1865 a medical magazine set up a special commission to inquire into London workhouse infirmaries.’
    • ‘Cherry sat across from them in the prison's infirmary, sipping slowly at her cup of warm milk.’
    • ‘Check whether the camp infirmary stocks your child's medication, too.’
    • ‘She explained that she was currently treating a patient in the small jail infirmary who was about 24 weeks pregnant.’
    • ‘The infirmary, or hospital, was across the rectangle of stone walkways from the stables.’
    • ‘I sat there in the infirmary watching the nurses run about, taking blood and putting in tube after tube trying to save him.’
    • ‘Being back in prison after everything that happened - even if he was in the infirmary, it's still prison.’
    • ‘Each of Florida's counties stocked medical supplies in school infirmaries.’
    • ‘Phineas is taken to the school's infirmary where he is cared for by Doctor Stanhope.’
    • ‘When I went down to the prison infirmary, I walked down there on my own and I didn't really lose much blood.’
    • ‘The lack of medical supplies and the primitive infirmary the delegates observed make it clear that it is difficult to provide even basic medical care.’
    • ‘The section ends with Stephen recovering in the school infirmary.’
    • ‘It boasted offices, a county records depository, cells for petty prisoners, accommodation for women prisoners, a yard and an infirmary.’
    1. 1.1 A hospital.
      • ‘Soon the hotel began to resemble an infirmary, with dozens of guests in various stages of illness strewn around the lobby every night.’
      • ‘Police are also carrying out medical reviews of 18 other deaths at the infirmary and St James's Hospital in Leeds.’
      • ‘Some of the wounded were taken to small infirmaries nearby or to local residents' homes.’
      • ‘Norris, originally from Scotland where he trained, began work as a staff nurse in orthopaedics at the infirmary in December 2001.’
      • ‘Detectives will look into the records of other patients who died on Ward One at the infirmary between July 2001 and January 2004.’
      • ‘He was still feeling a bit groggy, probably due to a sedative given to him by a nurse at the infirmary.’
      • ‘Within five years the infirmary would be a paperless hospital.’
      • ‘Nuns also provided cheap personnel for preschools, infirmaries, sanitariums, asylums, soup kitchens, and orphanages, especially in the North.’
      • ‘Her name was Netta, which is a name that I still love to this day, and she was a paramedic at the infirmary.’
      • ‘One of the founders, and the first surgeon to the infirmary, was Charles White.’
      • ‘One former nurse at the infirmary said he had a charming manner but made it clear to staff that he was the ‘king pin’.’
      • ‘Withering first settled into medical practice in Stafford, working as a physician in the county infirmary.’
      • ‘He was referred to top surgeons at the infirmary after one of the aneurysms showed signs of significantly worsening.’
      • ‘Today, a spokeswoman for the hospital trust which operates the infirmary confirmed that the source had now been identified.’
      • ‘The woman, who is in her 90s, is being treated by Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, which has wards on the infirmary site.’
      • ‘All were orthopaedic patients on ward 36 at the infirmary.’
      • ‘Anyway, she started secretly treating drudges at night after she learned that most infirmaries consist of a first-aid kit and a supply of heavy sedatives.’
      • ‘Mr Hesketh waited two hours in the infirmary's accident and emergency department for an X-ray.’
      • ‘There were also in Baghdad numerous colleges of learning, hospitals, infirmaries for both sexes and lunatic asylums.’
      • ‘Even those who have access to an infirmary or clinic may visit herbalists or other healers.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin infirmaria, from Latin infirmus (see infirm).

Pronunciation:

infirmary

/inˈfərm(ə)rē/