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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Palliative care and hospice care became two of the first casualties.
▪ Patients are eligible for hospice care when doctors expect them to live six months or less.
▪ Mary, who was suffering from terminal cancer, spent her last few months in a hospice.
▪ Diane chose hospice instead of aggressive treatment.
▪ Harewood hospice team targets summer opening Organisers moved a step closer to opening Darlington's new hospice this week.
▪ Nevin suggested that hospices could distribute the medical marijuana to hospice patients who were too ill to leave their homes.
▪ Palliative care and hospice care became two of the first casualties.
▪ Pensioners at the complex have been collecting money to help the town's hospice appeal for the last two years.
▪ The hospice movement started six years ago to help terminally ill people.
▪ Volunteers such as the receptionist form the backbone of the hospice and volunteer sitters have been helping for five years.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Hospice \Hos"pice\, n. [F., fr. L. hospitium hospitality, a place where strangers are entertained, fr. hospes stranger, guest. See Host a landlord.] A convent or monastery which is also a place of refuge or entertainment for travelers on some difficult road or pass, as in the Alps; as, the Hospice of the Great St. Bernard.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 (context countable dated English) A lodging for pilgrims or the destitute, normally provided by a monastic order. 2 (context uncountable English) The provision of palliative care for terminally ill patients, either at a specialized facility or at a residence, and support for the family, typically refraining from taking extraordinary measures to prolong life. 3 (context countable English) A specialized facility or organization offering palliative care for the terminally ill.

  1. n. a lodging for travelers (especially one kept by a monastic order)

  2. a program of medical and emotional care for the terminally ill


Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. In Western society, the concept of hospice has been evolving in Europe since the 11th century. Then, and for centuries thereafter in Roman Catholic tradition, hospices were places of hospitality for the sick, wounded, or dying, as well as those for travelers and pilgrims. The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes, but also care provided to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes. It began to emerge in the 17th century, but many of the foundational principles by which modern hospice services operate were pioneered in the 1950s by Dame Cicely Saunders.

Within the United States the term is largely defined by the practices of the Medicare system and other health insurance providers, which make hospice care available, either in an inpatient facility or at the patient's home, to patients with a terminal prognosis who are medically certified at hospice onset to have less than six months to live. Outside the United States, the term hospice tends to be primarily associated with the particular buildings or institutions that specialize in such care (although so-called "hospice at home" services may also be available). Outside the United States such institutions may similarly provide care mostly in an end-of-life setting, but they may also be available for patients with other specific palliative care needs. Hospice care also involves assistance for patients’ families to help them cope with what is happening and provide care and support to keep the patient at home. Although the movement has met with some resistance, hospice has rapidly expanded through the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere.

Hospice (disambiguation)

Hospice is a type of care and a philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a terminally ill patient's symptoms.

Hospice may also refer to:

  • Hostel, short-term dormitory accommodations for travellers
  • Children's hospice
  • Hospice-Anthelme Verreau (1828–1901), French-Canadian priest
  • Hospice (The Antlers album), 2009
  • Hospice (Achilles album), 2007
  • "Hospice", an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Hospice (The Antlers album)

Hospice is the third studio album by American indie rock band The Antlers, and their first concept album. It was initially self-distributed by the band in March 2009, and was eventually remastered and re-released once they signed to Frenchkiss Records in August of the same year.

Hospice (Achilles album)

Hospice, released on May 8, 2007 through Hex Records, is the sophomore full-length studio album and fifth release from the Rochester-based hardcore band Achilles. It is the follow-up to the somewhat unknown split album Achilles/Seven Bowls of Wrath and received mostly favourable reviews.

Usage examples of "hospice".

Exile anchoress turns out to be just as much of a fraud as the ministering nun in the hospice for the dying.

Research was the foundation upon which the Hands of Grace program rested, the armor that would protect it from the brickbats hurled by those who would see in its simple ministry of the heart a threat to their administrative power, the key that would unlock the doors of scientific materialism and allow contemplative musicians unimpeded entry into hospital and hospice alike.

Bulbul could be persuaded that if the hospice were harrassed, its patron would refuse to deal with Fire Lotus, and Bulbul would lose his bribe for securing her seed for the parthogen bottles.

Ein and Faralin Ferd, lieutenants of Embruddock, together with Raynil Layan, master of the mint, and Dathka, Lord of the Western Veldt, had formed a Fever Committee, on which they themselves sat, together with useful citizens such as Ma Scantiom of the hospice.

Still, my own fault for stopping for him in the first place, so I bang on the meter and go for a u-turn at the hospice, which is no easy thing on that poxy road with constant traffic coming at you from every direction.

But further inquiries along the road north had revealed that a Columban brother and two bearded and black-clad pilgrims with swords strapped under their saddles had passed that way at the appropriate time, and had turned west after leaving the hospice at Dunkeld.

As is the fashion in some parts of the city, most of these buildings had shops in their lower levels, though they had not been built for the shops but as guildhalls, basilicas, arenas, conservatories, treasuries, oratories, artellos, asylums, manufacturies, conventicles, hospices, lazarets, mills, refectories, deadhouses, abattoirs, and playhouses.

The servingmen had settled their baggage in the spacious room to which the men of the party were escortedthe women resided in a separate wingand now, as the sun set and lamps were lit, Marcus, Wolfhere, and Zacharias seated themselves on pillows while youths from the hospice brought around a basin of water in which they washed their hands before eating.

We were taken in by a hospice honoring the great god Zake and tended by the chirurgeons dedicated to his holy name.

She entrusted me to the care of other Pilgrims who passed the hospice.

You may remember, when you and I first met, at that hospice d'aliénés in Vienna, I told you I was visiting the clinique there.

Domnhall is gone, yes, and we have our new law, have the hospices officially under our jurisdiction, but the Church tarries.

It's no coincidence he chose this moment to give the hospices to the Guilde.

It’s no coincidence he chose this moment to give the hospices to the Guilde.

Then he looked up and, with a frown, said, “The hospices have nothing to do with it.