An institution that provides a centralized 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 specialized inpatient settings. [L. hospitium, hospitality, lodging, fr. hospes, guest]

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hos·pice 'häs-pəs n a facility or program designed to provide a caring environment for meeting the physical and emotional needs of the terminally ill

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an institution that specializes in the care of terminally ill patients with special concern for death with dignity: narcotic drugs are used in carefully controlled doses for the relief of pain.

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hos·pice (hosґpis) a facility that provides palliative and supportive care for terminally ill patients and their families, either directly or on a consulting basis.

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