- The definition of health is physical and mental wellness or a condition of well-being.
- An example of health is what is checked during a physical.
- An example of health is the state of the financial market.
- physical and mental well-being; freedom from disease, pain, or defect; normalcy of physical and mental functions; soundness
- condition of body or mind: good or bad health
- a wish for a person's health and happiness, as in drinking a toast
- soundness or vitality, as of a society
Origin of healthMiddle English helthe ; from Old English hælth ; from base of hal, sound, healthy (see hale, whole) + -th
- The overall condition of an organism at a given time.
- Soundness, especially of body or mind; freedom from disease or abnormality.
- A condition of optimal well-being: concerned about the ecological health of the area.
- A wish for someone's good health, often expressed as a toast.
Origin of healthMiddle English helthe, from Old English h&aemac;lth; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.
See also disease and illness.analgesia the absence of pain. —analgesic, analgetic, adj. analogism Medicine. diagnosis of a condition on the basis of its resemblance to other conditions. anatripsology the use of friction, especially rubbing, in therapy or as a remedy. anesthesia, anaesthesia the absence of physical sensation. —anesthesiologist, anaesthesiologist, anaesthetist, n. —anesthetic, anaesthetic, n., adj. antisepsis the destruction of microorganisms that cause infection. —antiseptic, adj. bacteriostasis the process of preventing the growth or spread of bacteria. —bacteriostat, n. —bacteriostatic, adj. cachexia, cachexy general physical or mental poor health; weakness or malnutrition. dyscrasia Medicine. an unhealthy condition, especially an imbalance of physiologic or constitutional elements, often of the blood. Cf. eucrasia. —dyscrasic, dyscratic, adj. epulosis the formation of scar tissue as part of the healing process. —epulotic, adj. eucrasia 1. Medicine. a normal state of health; good health. 2. physical well-being. Cf. dyscrasia. —eucrasic, eucratic, adj. eupepsia a condition of good digestion. —eupeptic, adj. evectics, euectics the theory of the achievement and maintenance of good health. —evectic, euectic, adj. germicide any substance for killing germs, especially bacteria. —germicidal, adj. hygeist, hygieist a hygienist. hygiastics Rare. hygienics. Also called hygiantics. hygienics 1. the branch of medical science that studies health and its preservation; hygiene. 2. a system of principles for promoting health. —hygienist, n. —hygienic, adj. hygieology, hygiology Rare. the science of hygiene; hygienics. hypochondriasis 1. Psychiatry. an abnormal state characterized by emotional depression and imagined ill health, often accompanied by symptoms untraceable to any organic disease. 2. excessive concern and conversation about one’s health. Also called hypochondria, nosomania. —hypochondriac, n. —hypochondriacal, adj. invalescence Obsolete, a state of good health; strength. lysis the gradual process of a disease, ending in the recovery of the patient. See also cells. —lyterian, lytic, adj. prophylaxis protection from or prevention of disease. —prophylactic, adj. sanability Rare. the state or condition of being curable; susceptibility to remedy. —sanable, adj. soteriology Rare. 1. a treatise on health. 2. the science of attaining and maintaining good health. —soteriological, adj. synteresis preventive or preservative treatment or measures; prophylaxis. See also ethics. tonicity the state or quality of having good muscular tone or tension. —tonic, adj. trypanophobia an abnormal fear of vaccines and vaccination. Also called vaccinophobia. valetudinarianism 1. a condition of poor health. 2. a state of being concerned with health, often excessively. 3. invalidism. —valetudinarian, n., adj.
(usually uncountable, plural healths)
- The state of being free from physical or psychological disease, illness, or malfunction; wellness. [from 11th c.]
- I think she suffers from autism, ADHD or some other mental health problem.
- A state of well-being or balance, often physical but sometimes also mental and social; the overall level of function of an organism from the cellular (micro) level to the social (macro) level.
- Physical condition.
- (countable) A toast to prosperity. [from 17th c.]