self-healing

healing

[hee-ling]
adjective
1.
curing or curative; prescribed or helping to heal.
2.
growing sound; getting well; mending.
noun
3.
the act or process of regaining health: a new drug to accelerate healing.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English heelyng (adj.), helynge (noun), Old English hǣlinge (noun). See heal, -ing2, -ing1

healingly, adverb
self-healing, adjective
unhealing, adjective
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self-healing
 
n
a.  the act or instance of healing onself
 b.  (as modifier): the self-healing process

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Word Origin & History

heal
O.E. hælan "make whole, sound and well," from P.Gmc. *khailaz (cf. O.S. helian, O.N. heila, O.Fris. hela, Du. heelen, Ger. heilen), lit. "to make whole," which is also the source of O.E. hal (see health). Heal-all as a native word for "panacea" is attested from 1577;
applied to various plants since 1853.
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heal (hēl)
v. healed, heal·ing, heals

  1. To restore to health or soundness; cure.

  2. To become well; return to sound health.

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