Hospice definition

hŏspĭs
A shelter or lodging for travelers, pilgrims, foundlings, or the destitute, especially one maintained by a monastic order.
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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.
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A place of shelter for travelers, esp. such a shelter maintained by monks.
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A home for the sick or poor.
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A homelike facility to provide supportive care for terminally ill patients.
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A shelter or lodging for travelers, pilgrims, foundlings, or the destitute, especially one maintained by a monastic order.
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Such care, often when provided in a patient's home, a nursing home, etc.
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(uncountable) The provision of palliative care for terminally ill patients, either at a specialized facility or at a residence, and support for the family, typically refraining from taking extraordinary measures to prolong life.
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(countable) A specialized facility or organization offering palliative care for the terminally ill.
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(countable, dated) A lodging for pilgrims or the destitute, normally provided by a monastic order.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hospice
Plural:
hospices

Origin of hospice

  • French from Old French from Latin hospitium hospitality from hospes hospit- host ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French hospice, from Old French hospise, from Latin hospitium (“hospitality, an inn”).

    From Wiktionary