health - a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease




1. (Medicine) the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease

2. (Medicine) the general condition of body and mind: in poor health.

3. the condition of any unit, society, etc: the economic health of a nation.

4. a toast to a person, wishing him or her good health, happiness, etc

5. (modifier) of or relating to food or other goods reputed to be beneficial to the health: health food; a health store.

6. (modifier) of or relating to health, esp to the administration of health: a health committee; health resort; health service.


an exclamation wishing someone good health as part of a toast (in the phrases your health, good health, etc)

[Old English hǣlth; related to hāl hale1]

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1. the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: in poor health.

2. soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to lose one’s health.

3. a polite or complimentary wish for a person’s health, happiness, etc., esp. as a toast.

4. vigor; vitality: economic health.

[before 1000; Middle English helthe, Old English hǣlth. See hale1, whole, -th1]

health′ward, adj., adv.

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the absence of pain. — analgesic, analgetic, adj.

Medicine. diagnosis of a condition on the basis of its resemblance to other conditions.

the use of friction, especially rubbing, in therapy or as a remedy.

the absence of physical sensation. — anesthesiologist, anaesthesiologist, anaesthetist, n.anesthetic, anaesthetic, n., adj.

the destruction of microorganisms that cause infection. — antiseptic, adj.

the process of preventing the growth or spread of bacteria. — bacteriostat, n.bacteriostatic, adj.

general physical or mental poor health; weakness or malnutrition.

Medicine. an unhealthy condition, especially an imbalance of physiologic or constitutional elements, often of the blood. Cf. eucrasia.dyscrasic, dyscratic, adj.

the formation of scar tissue as part of the healing process. — epulotic, adj.

1. Medicine. a normal state of health; good health.
2. physical well-being. Cf. dyscrasia.eucrasic, eucratic, adj.

a condition of good digestion. — eupeptic, adj.

the theory of the achievement and maintenance of good health. — evectic, euectic, adj.

any substance for killing germs, especially bacteria. — germicidal, adj.

a hygienist.

Rare. hygienics. Also called hygiantics.

1. the branch of medical science that studies health and its preservation; hygiene.
2. a system of principles for promoting health. — hygienist, n.hygienic, adj.

Rare. the science of hygiene; hygienics.

1. Psychiatry. an abnormal state characterized by emotional depression and imagined ill health, often accompanied by symptoms untraceable to any organic disease.
2. excessive concern and conversation about one’s health. Also called hypochondria, nosomania. — hypochondriac, n.hypochondriacal, adj.

Obsolete, a state of good health; strength.

the gradual process of a disease, ending in the recovery of the patient. See also cells. — lyterian, lytic, adj.

protection from or prevention of disease. — prophylactic, adj.

Rare. the state or condition of being curable; susceptibility to remedy. — sanable, adj.

Rare. 1. a treatise on health.
2. the science of attaining and maintaining good health. — soteriological, adj.

preventive or preservative treatment or measures; prophylaxis. See also ethics.

the state or quality of having good muscular tone or tension. — tonic, adj.

an abnormal fear of vaccines and vaccination. Also called vaccinophobia.

1. a condition of poor health.
2. a state of being concerned with health, often excessively.
3. invalidism. — valetudinarian, n., adj.

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