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[helth] /hɛlθ/
the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor:
good health; poor health.
soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment:
to have one's health; to lose one's health.
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.
vigor; vitality:
economic health.
Origin of health
before 1000; Middle English helthe, Old English hǣlth. See hale1, whole, -th1
Related forms
healthward, adjective, adverb
subhealth, noun
Can be confused
health, heath.
2. vigor, vitality, strength, fitness, stamina. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for health
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  • The young are lured by them, ruined in health and seared in conscience.

  • In consideration of the health of Paralus, the customary evening procession was dispensed with.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • I have been out here some few months; my health has been gone ever since I came.

  • I'll feel safe enough about my money as long as you keep your health.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Should my health improve, I mean to visit England in 1824; let me know what you think about it.

    Life of Beethoven Anton Schindler
British Dictionary definitions for health


the state of being bodily and mentally vigorous and free from disease
the general condition of body and mind: in poor health
the condition of any unit, society, etc: the economic health of a nation
a toast to a person, wishing him or her good health, happiness, etc
(modifier) of or relating to food or other goods reputed to be beneficial to the health: health food, a health store
(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)
Word Origin
Old English hǣlth; related to hālhale1
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Word Origin and History for health

Old English hælþ "wholeness, a being whole, sound or well," from Proto-Germanic *hailitho, from PIE *kailo- "whole, uninjured, of good omen" (cf. Old English hal "hale, whole;" Old Norse heill "healthy;" Old English halig, Old Norse helge "holy, sacred;" Old English hælan "to heal"). With Proto-Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Of physical health in Middle English, but also "prosperity, happiness, welfare; preservation, safety."

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health in Medicine

health (hělth)

  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 and Phrases with health


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