hos·​pice | \ ˈhä-spəs How to pronounce hospice (audio) \

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

She chose to go to a hospice instead of a hospital. the monks run a hospice for travelers in their mountain retreat
Recent Examples on the Web Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune film critic for 15 years and a singular, ardent lover of cinema, died Thursday in hospice care at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 7 Jan. 2022 Grant died in hospice care on Dec. 31, at age 85, on the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the landmark gender-equity legislation known as Title IX. New York Times, 6 Jan. 2022 Rasmuson had been diagnosed with brain cancer about a year ago and entered hospice care three days before Christmas. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Jan. 2022 The man police believe killed the teenager died in August 2021 after being in hospice care with liver and kidney failure, police said. CBS News, 5 Jan. 2022 The suspect, who authorities did not publicly identify, died of liver and kidney failure in hospice care in August, according to police. Katie Campione, PEOPLE.com, 4 Jan. 2022 As an outreach to the community, Brunswick United Methodist Church is holding a speaker series in partnership with the Brunswick Division of Police as well as an additional program on hospice care. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 30 Dec. 2021 Both Dickerson and Caitlin died at the same hospice care facility. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 29 Dec. 2021 Nicole Rene Johansen, 48, died in the afternoon in the prison infirmary while receiving hospice care, the state corrections department announced Friday. Bend Bulletin, oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of hospice

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hospice

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French hospise, borrowed from Medieval Latin hospitium "hospitality, lodgings, monastic guesthouse, shelter maintained by a religious order for the poor and infirm," going back to Latin,"accommodation of guests, hired lodgings," from hospit-, hospes "guest, host" + -ium, denominal suffix of function or occupation — more at host entry 3

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“Hospice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospice. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of hospice

: a place that provides care for people who are dying
: a place where travelers can stay : inn especially : an inn kept by people in a religious organization


hos·​pice | \ ˈhäs-pəs How to pronounce hospice (audio) \

Medical Definition of hospice

: a facility or 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

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