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n. Archaic
A hospital, especially one for patients with contagious diseases.

[Middle English spitel, short for hospital; see hospital.]
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1. (Medicine) a hospital, esp for the needy sick
2. a highway shelter
[C13 spitel, changed from Medieval Latin hospitāle hospital]
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(ˈspɪt l)

n. Archaic.
1. a hospital, esp. one for lazars.
2. a shelter on a highway.
[1625–35; alter. of spittle, Middle English spitel < Medieval Latin hospitāle]
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Work will be carried out with very little disruption to pupils' education." The plans also include a new road junction to a 140-space car park within the prep school site to ease congestion on The Spital.
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Detective Inspector Tara Denn said: "I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Spital station at around 11pm on Saturday night or saw a man fitting the description to contact us."
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But Wirral coroner Christopher Johnson yesterday told an inquest he believed that, despite a lack of medical evidence, Reverend Graham Mercer must have suffered a seizure at the wheel while driving in Spital.
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