hospice


hos·pice

noun \ˈhäs-pəs\

: a place that provides care for people who are dying

: a place where travelers can stay; especially : an inn kept by people in a religious organization

Full Definition of HOSPICE

1
:  a lodging for travelers, young persons, or the underprivileged especially when maintained by a religious order
2
:  a facility or program designed to provide a caring environment for meeting the physical and emotional needs of the terminally ill

Examples of HOSPICE

  1. She chose to go to a hospice instead of a hospital.
  2. <the monks run a hospice for travelers in their mountain retreat>

Origin of HOSPICE

French, from Old French hospise, from Latin hospitium, from hospit-, hospes host — more at host
First Known Use: 1818

hos·pice

noun \ˈhäs-pəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HOSPICE

: a facility or program designed to provide a caring environment for meeting the physical and emotional needs of the terminally ill

hospice

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Home or hospital for relieving physical and emotional suffering of dying persons. In patients expected to live only months or weeks, hospice care offers an alternative to aggressive life-prolonging measures, which often only increase discomfort and isolation. Hospices provide a sympathetic environment in which prevention (not just control) of physical pain has top priority, along with patients' emotional and spiritual needs. Care may be provided in a health facility, on an outpatient basis, or at home.

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