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[hos-pis] /ˈhɒs pɪs/
a house of shelter or rest for pilgrims, strangers, etc., especially one kept by a religious order.
  1. a health-care facility for the terminally ill that emphasizes pain control and emotional support for the patient and family, typically refraining from taking extraordinary measures to prolong life.
  2. a similar program of care and support for the terminally ill at home.
Origin of hospice
1810-20; < French < Latin hospitium hospitium Unabridged
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  • The pass of Great St. Bernard is celebrated for its hospice.

  • M. Julien, will you run for the doctor, and send him down to the hospice at once?

  • He built in fact later the hospice and church of Jesu-Nazareno—in compliance with this vow.

    Mexico Susan Hale
  • He, himself, was billeted with a French family, just around the corner from the hospice.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
  • This hospice is said to have been first founded in the year 962, by Bernard, a Piedmontese nobleman.

British Dictionary definitions for hospice


noun (pl) hospices
a nursing home that specializes in caring for the terminally ill
(archaic) Also called hospitium (hɒˈspɪtɪəm), (pl) hospitia (hɒˈspɪtɪə). a place of shelter for travellers, esp one kept by a monastic order
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Latin hospitium hospitality, from hospes guest, host1
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Word Origin and History for hospice

1818, "rest house for travelers," from French hospice (13c.), from Latin hospitium "guest house, hospitality," from hospes (genitive hospitis) "guest, host" (see host (n.1)). Sense of "home for the aged and terminally ill " is from 1893; hospice movement first attested 1979.

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hospice in Medicine

hospice hos·pice (hŏs'pĭs)
A program or facility that provides palliative care and attends to the emotional, spiritual, social, and financial needs of terminally ill patients at a facility or at a patient's home.

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