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[wel-nis] /ˈwɛl nɪs/
the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.
an approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
Origin of wellness
1957; well1 (in the sense “in good health”) + -ness Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Don't get discouraged if you can't suddenly change your life from shadow to sunshine, from illness to wellness.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter
  • The focus of the Nursing as Caring theory, then, is not toward an end product such as health or wellness.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
British Dictionary definitions for wellness


the state of being in good physical and mental health
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wellness

1650s, from well (adv.) + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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wellness in Medicine

wellness well·ness (wěl'nĭs)
The condition of good physical and mental health, especially when maintained by proper diet, exercise, and habits.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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