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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Louise Buckland, a hospice care nurse, voted to remain in the EU. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Britons Most at Risk in a Messy Split From EU Are Least Worried," 13 Jan. 2019 Wisconsin is among many states with prison hospice programs. jsonline.com, "Release programs for sick and elderly prisoners could save millions. But states rarely use them.," 18 Apr. 2018 Members of the hospice team visit regularly to provide care. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Different End-of-Life Care Options to Know if You or a Loved One Is Sick," 18 Dec. 2018 Blackburn has expressed support for provisions such as a three-day federal opioid prescription limit, with exceptions for cancer and hospice treatment. Jonathan Mattise, The Seattle Times, "Ex-DEA official says Blackburn had warning on opioid law," 26 Oct. 2018 Aretha Franklin is reportedly under the care of hospice workers at her Detroit home. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "Ailing Aretha Franklin 'at peace with her journey': report," 15 Aug. 2018 But here are the big changes: Removes some qualifying conditions, including autoimmune disorders, but adds others, such as receiving hospice care. German Lopez, Vox, "The midterm elections will give some voters a chance to legalize marijuana," 6 Nov. 2018 Medicare, meanwhile, pays some medical costs for people age 65 and older and covers short nursing-home stays or hospice care, but not independent- or assisted-living costs. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "How to Manage Paying for Retirement Housing," 10 Oct. 2018 The center, which provides specialized hospice care for children and their families, was opened by William's mother in 1988. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Prince William Visits a Children's Hospice That Was Opened By His Mother, Princess Diana," 18 Sep. 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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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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