National Health Service

[ nash-uh-nl helth-sur-vis, nash-nuhl ]

  1. Great Britain’s publicly funded network of healthcare systems: often used in the United Kingdom as an umbrella term that also includes the Health and Social Care of Northern Ireland. Abbreviation: NHS

Origin of National Health Service

First recorded in 1880–85 as a recommendation; established in 1946

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How to use National Health Service in a sentence

  • Physicians and auxiliary medical personnel are all employed by the state in the National Health Service.

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British Dictionary definitions for National Health Service

National Health Service

  1. (in Britain) the system of national medical services since 1948, financed mainly by taxation: Abbreviation: NHS

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