hospice

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From French hospice, from Old French hospise, from Latin hospitium (hospitality, an inn).

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hospice (usually uncountable, plural hospices)

  1. (uncountable) 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.
  2. (countable) A specialized facility or organization offering palliative care for the terminally ill.
  3. (countable, dated) A lodging for pilgrims or the destitute, normally provided by a monastic order.

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