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healing

[hee-ling] /ˈhi lɪŋ/
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English heelyng (adj.), helynge (noun), Old English hǣlinge (noun). See heal, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
healingly, adverb
self-healing, adjective
unhealing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-healing

self-healing

noun
1.
  1. the act or instance of healing onself
  2. (as modifier) the self-healing process
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Word Origin and History for self-healing

healing

n.

"restoration to health," Old English hæling; see heal. Figurative sense of "restoration of wholeness" is from early 13c.; meaning "touch that cures" is from 1670s.

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