San"a*to*ry (?), a. [LL. sanatorius, fr. L. saare to heal. See Sanable.]
Conducive to health; tending to cure; healing; curative; sanative.
Sanatory ordinances for the protection of public health, such as quarantine, fever hospitals, draining, etc.
Sanatory and sanitary should not be confounded. Sanatory signifies conducive to health, while sanitary has the more general meaning of pertaining to health.
© Webster 1913.