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  1. curing or curative; prescribed or helping to heal.
  2. growing sound; getting well; mending.
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  1. the act or process of regaining health: a new drug to accelerate healing.
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Origin of healing

before 1000; Middle English heelyng (adj.), helynge (noun), Old English hǣlinge (noun). See heal, -ing2, -ing1
Related formsheal·ing·ly, adverbself-heal·ing, adjectiveun·heal·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-healing

Historical Examples

  • He soon hit upon a device to lessen his self-healing labors.

    Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty

    J. W. de Forest

  • But the time such a self-healing proceeding would occupy might be ruinous.

    Desperate Remedies

    Thomas Hardy

  • These forces are the self-propelling and self-healing forces of the creative mood.

    The Lost Art of Reading

    Gerald Stanley Lee

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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Word Origin and History for self-healing



"restoration to health," Old English hæling; see heal. Figurative sense of "restoration of wholeness" is from early 13c.; meaning "touch that cures" is from 1670s.

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