Pronunciation: (hos'pi-tl-ur), [key]
1. a member of the religious and military order (Knights Hospitalers or Knights of St. John of Jerusalem) originating about the time of the first Crusade (1096–99) and taking its name from a hospital at Jerusalem.
2. (l.c.) a person, esp. a member of a religious order, devoted to the care of the sick or needy in hospitals. Also,Hos'pi•tal•ler.
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