a contraction derived from the Greek word ??????, Jesus, used as a symbol or monogram: later misunderstood as a Latin abbreviation I.H.S. and expanded variously as Iesus Hominum Salvator, Jesus, Savior of Men; In Hoc Signo (Vinces), in this sign (thou shalt conquer); In Hac (Cruce) Salus, in this (cross) salvation
Origin of IHS; from Classical Latin miscopying of Classical Greek IH?, for which the proper Classical Latin form would be IES
Jesus (Greek &Igr;&EEgr;&Sgr;&Ogr;&Ugr;&Sgr; with S for sigma)
- Indian Health Service - a Federal US agency.