|—n , pl hospices, hospitia|
|1.||a nursing home that specializes in caring for the terminally ill|
|2.||archaic Also called: hospitium a place of shelter for travellers, esp one kept by a monastic order|
|[C19: from French, from Latin hospitium hospitality, from hospes guest, |
|a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.|
|a chattering or flighty, light-headed person.|
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.