noun Also health care.

the field concerned with the maintenance or restoration of the health of the body or mind.
any of the procedures or methods employed in this field.

adjective Also health-care.

of, relating to, or involved in healthcare: healthcare workers; a healthcare center.

Nearby words

  1. health service commissioner,
  2. health spa,
  3. health stamp,
  4. health visitor,
  5. health-care proxy,
  6. healthcare proxy,
  7. healthful,
  8. healthfully,
  9. healthily,
  10. healthism

Origin of healthcare Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for health care



also health care, 1940, U.S. government-ese, from health + care (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for health care

health care


The prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions.


health-care Of or relating to health care.

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