ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,


policlinic, noun.  A department of a hospital at which outpatients are treated.

Etymology:  from the early 1800s, from German poliklinik, "city clinic" or "clinic held in a private house"; originally such treatment was at the patient's home rather than in a hospital.

Although the word usually refers to a European facility, there are exceptions; the Chicago Policlinic was founded in 1889.
The term is less common today, but is still in use; for example, ProCare is advertised as a network of modern policlinics in Slovakia.

Not to be confused with polyclinic, which is a clinic or hospital treating diseases of many sorts.
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