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asylum

Pronunciation: ă-sī′lŭm

Definition: Older term for an institution for the housing and care of those who by reason of age or of mental or bodily infirmities are unable to care for themselves.

[L. fr. G. asylon, a sanctuary, fr. a- priv. + sylē, right of seizure]

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