hospice

noun hos·pice \ ˈhä-spəs \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of hospice

1 :a lodging for travelers, young persons, or the underprivileged especially when maintained by a religious order
2 :a program designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care; also :a facility that provides such a program

Examples of hospice in a Sentence

  1. She chose to go to a hospice instead of a hospital.

  2. the monks run a hospice for travelers in their mountain retreat

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Origin and Etymology of hospice

French, from Old French hospise, from Latin hospitium, from hospit-, hospes host — more at host


HOSPICE Defined for English Language Learners

hospice

noun

Definition of hospice for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

hospice

noun hos·pice \ ˈhäs-pəs \

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


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