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[helth] /hɛlθ/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English helthe, Old English hǣlth. See hale1, whole, -th1
Related forms
healthward, adjective, adverb
subhealth, noun
Can be confused
health, heath.
Synonyms
2. vigor, vitality, strength, fitness, stamina.
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  • Often the environment and health get pushed on the back burner.
  • Along with the pleasure comes a hidden dividend: health benefits.
British Dictionary definitions for health

health

/hɛlθ/
noun
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
interjection
7.
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
n.

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)
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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