Definition of Hospice

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

2. Noun. A program of medical and emotional care for the terminally ill.
Generic synonyms: Medical Aid, Medical Care

Definition of Hospice

1. n. 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.

Definition of Hospice

1. Noun. 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. ¹

2. Noun. A specialized facility or organization offering palliative care for the terminally ill. ¹

3. Noun. (countable dated) A lodging for pilgrims or the destitute, normally provided by a monastic order. ¹

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Definition of Hospice

1. a shelter [n -S]

Medical Definition of Hospice

1. An institution that provides a centralised program of palliative and supportive services to dying persons and their families, in the form of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care; such services are provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals and volunteers who are available at home and in specialised inpatient settings. Origin: L. Hospitium, hospitality, lodging, fr. Hospes, guest (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hospice

hoshin kanri
hospice (current term)
hospice care
hospital-patient relations
hospital-physician joint ventures
hospital-physician relations
hospital acquired pneumonia
hospital administration
hospital administrators

Literary usage of Hospice

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Switzerland, and the Adjacent Portions of Italy, Savoy, and the Tyrol by Karl Baedeker (Firm) (1887)
"Towards the E. of the hospice we observe the snow-capped Mont Velan, ... recommended as a return-route to persons visiting the hospice from Mar- tigny. ..."

2. The History of the Popes: From the Close of the Middle Ages. Drawn from the by Ludwig Pastor (1906)
"The hospice owes its organization and the Papal approbation of the Brotherhood connected with it to Dietrich von Nieheim. He himself drew up its first ..."

3. Health Status of Minorities & Low Income Groups by DIANE Publishing Company, Dept. of Health and Human Services, United States (1991)
"Figure 4 Since Congress initiated the hospice benefit in 1984, annual usage ... (39) Although data on hospice utilization per capita or per terminally ill ..."

4. Assisted Suicide edited by Michael Bilirakis (1998)
"Currently, the only program for end-of-life care in Medicare is hospice. Yet, hospice serves a very small population. In 1994, hospice provided benefits to ..."

5. The Riviera of the Corniche Road by Frederick Treves (1921)
"hospice GAP FERRAT is the name of a narrow tongue of land which is suddenly thrust out into the sea between Villefranche and Beaulieu. ..."

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