hospice definition by Webster's New World
- a place of shelter for travelers, esp. such a shelter maintained by monks
- a home for the sick or poor
- a homelike facility to provide supportive care for terminally ill patients
Origin: French ; from Classical Latin hospitium, hospitality, inn, lodging ; from hospes, host, guest ; from an unverified form hostipots ; from hostis, stranger, enemy ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghostis, stranger, guest (from source guest, Old Church Slavonic gospodi) plush an unverified form potis, master: see despot
hospice definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A shelter or lodging for travelers, pilgrims, foundlings, or the destitute, especially one maintained by a monastic order.
- A program that provides palliative care and attends to the emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients at an inpatient facility or at the patient's home.
Origin: French, from Old French, from Latin hospitium, hospitality, from hospes, hospit-, host; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots.
hospice - Medical Definition