Definition of sickbay in US English:


(also sick bay)


  • A room or building set aside for the treatment or accommodation of the sick, especially within a military base or on board a ship.

    • ‘‘I need to get back to my ship, to the sickbay,’ she replied.’
    • ‘I poked my head back into the sickbay, hissing for Keejana's attention.’
    • ‘He then supervised the movement of the patient to his sickbay.’
    • ‘Aboard the Hiawatha, Captain Delong strode into the ship's sickbay.’
    • ‘The Bridge crew is ready to go beam us directly to your sickbay.’
    • ‘Carried her in his arm, he dashed along the buildings looking for the school sickbay.’
    • ‘He was bayoneted to death in the sickbay, reportedly wielding his eponymous knife to the end.’
    • ‘Quickly and carefully the two were loaded into carrying frames and pushed out towards the sickbay as soon as possible.’
    • ‘He has been transmitted to the main sickbay however he is currently unconscious.’
    • ‘I was more then a little surprised to actually wake up, let alone in the sterile, yet cramped surroundings of a shipboard sickbay.’
    • ‘He hurried over to the sickbay to find a hospital corpsman.’
    • ‘There all done now if you two don't mind I have a sickbay to attend to.’
    • ‘Jim stepped through the hatch into the ship's sickbay.’
    • ‘When the stretcher arrived, the four sailors carefully placed the injured sailor on the stretcher and transported him safely to sickbay for definitive medical care aboard ship.’
    • ‘Neither of us remembered the way back to the sickbay and we definitely had no idea where the next exit was.’
    • ‘We made it to the sickbay just as the power failed.’
    • ‘In the sickbay, Renny's body wracked with a sudden spasm, ripping off one of the monitors.’
    • ‘Despite Buddy's protests Armstrong carried Bracks through the ship to the sickbay.’
    • ‘Both were rushed to the Navy sickbay for treatment of their injuries.’
    • ‘Prison healthcare centres, although commonly called hospitals, are not like NHS hospitals but more like sickbays with primary care cover.’
    infirmary, clinic, sickroom, medical centre, hospital, hospice, nursing home, convalescent home, rest home
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