health

[helth]
noun
1.
the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor: good health; poor health.
2.
soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment: to have one's health; to lose one's health.
3.
a polite or complimentary wish for a person's health, happiness, etc., especially as a toast: We drank a health to our guest of honor.
4.
vigor; vitality: economic health.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English helthe, Old English hǣlth. See hale1, whole, -th1

healthward, adjective, adverb
subhealth, noun

health, heath.


2. vigor, vitality, strength, fitness, stamina.
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health (hɛlθ)
 
n
1.  the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease
2.  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
 
interj
7.  an exclamation wishing someone good health as part of a toast (in the phrases your health, good health, etc)
 
[Old English hǣlth; related to hālhale1]

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Word Origin & History

health
O.E. hælþ "wholeness, a being whole, sound or well," from PIE *kailo- "whole, uninjured, of good omen" (cf. O.E. hal "hale, whole;" O.N. heill "healthy;" O.E. halig, O.N. helge "holy, sacred;" O.E. hælan "to heal"). Healthy is first attested 1552.
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Medical Dictionary

health (hělth)
n.

  1. The overall condition of an organism at a given time.

  2. Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.

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Idioms & Phrases

health

see clean bill of health.

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Example sentences
Under the mental tasks he imposed upon her, her health became impaired and she
  was overstimulated intellectually and emotionally.
At this juncture, my strongly held opinion is that there is no useful
  distinction between mental-physical, medical-mental health.
For years, mental health experts have tracked how this biological chain of
  events plays out in real life.
There's nothing like the gift of good health.
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