Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In old records. A place In monasteries, where they received the poor, (hospitio excipiebant,) and gave them provisions, (ferm, firma.) Spelman. Hence the modern infirmary, used in the sense of a hospital.