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hospice

[hos-pis] /ˈhɒs pɪs/
noun
1.
a house of shelter or rest for pilgrims, strangers, etc., especially one kept by a religious order.
2.
Medicine/Medical.
  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
1810-1820
1810-20; < French < Latin hospitium hospitium
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hospice

/ˈhɒspɪs/
noun (pl) hospices
1.
a nursing home that specializes in caring for the terminally ill
2.
(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 hospices

hospice

n.

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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hospices in Medicine

hospice hos·pice (hŏs'pĭs)
n.
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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