[ hee-ling ]
/ ˈhi lɪŋ /


curing or curative; prescribed or helping to heal.
growing sound; getting well; mending.


the act or process of regaining health: a new drug to accelerate healing.

Origin of healing

before 1000; Middle English heelyng (adj.), helynge (noun), Old English hǣlinge (noun). See heal, -ing2, -ing1

Related forms

heal·ing·ly, adverbself-heal·ing, adjectiveun·heal·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-healing



  1. the act or instance of healing onself
  2. (as modifier)the self-healing process
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