hos·pice | \ˈhä-spəs \

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

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Memorial donations may be made to a synagogue or hospice center of your choice. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/17," 17 June 2018 Having worked as a social worker in such settings as emergency rooms and hospice centers, the 46-year old from Essex Junction, Vt. Tamara E. Holmes, USA TODAY, "Difficult Conversations: Strategies for end-of-life planning," 4 June 2018 Sonia Gechtoff, a prominent Abstract Expressionist on the West Coast early in her career and later a mainstay of the New York art scene, died on Feb. 1 at a hospice center in the Bronx. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Sonia Gechtoff, Acclaimed Abstract Expressionist, Dies at 91," 9 Feb. 2018 Image Henry Butler, a pianist who carried the flamboyant, two-fisted traditions of New Orleans to the brink of the avant-garde, died on Monday in a hospice facility in the Bronx. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Henry Butler, Quintessential New Orleans Pianist, Is Dead at 69," 4 July 2018 According to Gardey, Morgan traveled first-class, spent tens of thousands of dollars and helped funnel $325,000 to a fake hospice, the paper reported. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Widow of union official led 'high-flying lifestyle' on cash meant to train autoworkers: prosecutor," 14 July 2018 The dogs serve as therapy animals, visiting nursing homes, schools, libraries and hospice patients. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Dogs can read your face - and behave differently when you're upset, scientists say," 21 June 2018 Molly Ryder, 77, a member of the family that founded the Army Times Publishing Co. and who served on its board of trustees, died April 21 at a hospice facility in the District. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 21 June 2018 There’s a number of reasons why a hospice patient should have a health care advocate. Hospice Cincinnati, Cincinnati.com, "Speaking up for your loved one: How to advocate for your hospice patient," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of hospice

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hospice

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

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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; especially : an inn kept by people in a religious organization


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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