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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

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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 Bobbi Kristina Brown was rushed to a hospital but never regained consciousness and died July 26, 2015, while in hospice care. Los Angeles Times, "Nick Gordon, who was found liable for death of partner Bobbi Kristina Brown, dies at 30," 1 Jan. 2020 Sandy Geist, Lakewood This article was a wonderful reminder of the importance of hospice care. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Governor’s pardon isn’t a miracle — it’s a first step (12/28/19)," 29 Dec. 2019 Shortly before her death, Bodholdt had entered hospice care. oregonlive, "Appeals court overturns manslaughter conviction of Bend woman who smothered grandmother," 27 Dec. 2019 Disease-slowing treatments for Alzheimer’s will challenge our criteria for access to hospice care, as well as to physician aid in dying. Jason Karlawish, STAT, "Aducanumab isn’t the simple solution to the complicated Alzheimer’s crisis," 20 Dec. 2019 My shifts at the hospice were my own way of preparing myself for the inevitable. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "Recipes for holiday snacks: spiced cashews, pork rillettes, savory shortbread," 17 Dec. 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge with children at The Nook hospice. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Revisits One of Her First Royal Patronages In a Beloved Oscar de la Renta Dress," 15 Nov. 2019 Arias said doctors asked for permission to start coordinating with a hospice care for her medication. Kara Quebedeaux, Houston Chronicle, "Farewell ‘Officer Abigail’: Funeral details announced for 7-year-old cancer warrior Abigail Arias," 7 Nov. 2019 Some businesses nationwide that were contacted by CNN Business, including an art museum in Baltimore and a hospice in Raleigh, North Carolina, said they weren't even aware scooters had been blocked near them. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Scooters are a huge problem for cities. No one knows how to solve it yet," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hospice.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospice. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hospice

: a place that provides care for people who are dying
somewhat old-fashioned : a place where travelers can stay 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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