palliative care

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary

Medical care designed to keep a patient comfortable and pain-free while also providing psychological and spiritual support. Rather than focusing on curing an illness, palliative care emphasizes quality of life for both the patient and the patient's family members. Used negatively, it may mean the provision of only perfunctory medical care when an illness could be cured.

Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.