- 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.
- a similar program of care and support for the terminally ill at home.
Origin of hospice
Examples from the Web for hospice
The next evening, Romero was saying mass in the chapel at the hospice where he lived in a tiny room near the infirm and the dying.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint|Christopher Dickey|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thomas J. Foley died Friday in hospice care in Washington at age 84.
He has also demonstrated compassion for AIDS victims, washing and kissing the feet of 12 patients in a hospice in 2001.
The list also includes 14 hospitals, 14 assaults in schools, and even a hospice for the dying.Jimmy Savile Report: BBC Presenter Sexually Abused More Than 200 Minors|Peter Jukes|January 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When I was first called and told that George McGovern was in hospice care, I was overwhelmed with sadness.Robert Shrum on Friend George McGovern, the Prophet Politician|Robert Shrum|October 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They entered the hospice of the monastery, intending to rest there for a week or two, and then to resume their journey.A Reading Book in Irish History|P. W. Joyce
"Prince Jan was born in the Hospice," the old man told them.
He remembered all the dogs at the Hospice had talked about the place where there was never any snow.
The foundation of the Hospice dates from 1443, as the date on its carven portal shows.Castles and Chateaux of Old Burgundy|Francis Miltoun
While in the hospice, they studied and had frequent theological conferences.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXXI, 1640|Diego Aduarte
British Dictionary definitions for hospice
noun plural hospices
Word Origin for hospice
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.