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 As ProPublica has reported, Zucker instructed his staff to keep Young alive and not to discuss palliative care options, such as hospice, with his family until the one-year anniversary of his surgery. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "The Family Wanted a Do Not Resuscitate Order. The Doctors Didn’t.," 31 Dec. 2019 Critics say for-profit drug makers have blurred that line, seizing on the good intentions of hospice advocacy to market opioids to patients with common chronic conditions. CBS News, "Rwanda makes its own morphine while U.S. awash with opioids," 26 Dec. 2019 Medicare’s hospice benefit is available only to individuals with six months or fewer to live. Jason Karlawish, STAT, "Aducanumab isn’t the simple solution to the complicated Alzheimer’s crisis," 20 Dec. 2019 The home-funeral movement also bears similarity to home-birth and hospice practices. Maggie Jones, New York Times, "The Movement to Bring Death Closer," 19 Dec. 2019 More news: Humana is buying a private hospice pharmacy provider to extend its elder care reach Davasher-Wisdom joined GLI in 2014 after working as manager of government relations at the Tennessee Valley Authority. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Sarah Davasher-Wisdom tapped to lead Greater Louisville Inc. as first female president," 16 Dec. 2019 He was kept in a hospice unit to keep him comfortable. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Friends rescue Chicago couple facing tragic end-of-life decision while living abroad," 9 Dec. 2019 Rakow said the response from hospices has been mixed. Danae King, USA TODAY, "Death doulas provide support, comfort and a new option for the dying and their families," 3 Dec. 2019 The family expresses their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of McLean and their hospice unit for their exceptional care and service. courant.com, "Joan Z. Mandell," 2 Dec. 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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5 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hospice.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospice. Accessed 18 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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