hospice

noun
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

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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

The audit determined the average age of those who died was 88, with several in hospice care. John O'connor, The Seattle Times, "Audit: Slow Legionnaires’ response at Illinois veterans home," 25 Mar. 2019 For example, the study found that the use of hospice services by dying patients increased from 21.6% in 2000 to over 50% in 2015. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Fewer Americans are spending their final days in the hospital and more are dying at home," 27 June 2018 After Redberg deactivated the defibrillator, which can be reprogrammed remotely, Stanich was discharged, with home hospice service. Liz Szabo, chicagotribune.com, "Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly," 13 Mar. 2018 After Redberg deactivated the defibrillator, which can be reprogrammed remotely, Stanich was discharged, with home hospice service. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "Surgery near the end of life is common, costly — and often not what patients want," 28 Feb. 2018 After Redberg deactivated the defibrillator, which can be reprogrammed remotely, Stanich was discharged, with home hospice service. Liz Szabo, Washington Post, "Never Too Late To Operate? Surgery Near End Of Life Is Common, Costly," 28 Feb. 2018 Charity money went to: Third Avenue Charitable Organization, $50,000 — San Diego group that provides free meals to needy and homeless services, such as hospice services for terminally ill people dying on the street. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Housing-themed charities get chunk of Pacific Beach apartment sale," 26 Feb. 2018 The third tower, as proposed, would serve assisted-living residents and hospice services, Ponte told the group looking at design options. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Architect poses Vertical Medical City complex for downtown," 6 Feb. 2018 The hospice would serve homeless people with cancers or other fatal illnesses who might otherwise die in alleyways or curled up on park benches. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Why neighbors say they appealed hospice that would comfort dying homeless people | The Sacramento Bee," 12 May 2018

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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

noun

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

hospice

noun
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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