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hospice

[ hos-pis ]
/ ˈhɒs pɪs /
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noun
a house of shelter or rest for pilgrims, strangers, etc., especially one kept by a religious order.
Medicine/Medical.
  1. a healthcare 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 or in a nursing home.
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Origin of hospice

First recorded in 1810–20; from French, from Latin hospitium “hospitable reception, entertainment”; see hospitium
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British Dictionary definitions for hospice

hospice
/ (ˈhɒspɪs) /

noun plural hospices
a nursing home that specializes in caring for the terminally ill
Also called: hospitium (hɒˈspɪtɪəm) plural hospitia (hɒˈspɪtɪə) archaic a place of shelter for travellers, esp one kept by a monastic order

Word Origin for hospice

C19: from French, from Latin hospitium hospitality, from hospes guest, host 1
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