Sunday, 29 January 2017

Meaning of Health

1. the state of being free from illness or injury.
2. a person's mental or physical condition.
Old English.


convalesce (gradually recover one's health after illness), hypochondriac (person abnormally anxious about their health), salubrious (health-giving or healthy), sanitary (relating to conditions affecting health).

health S1 W1 / helθ / noun [ uncountable ]
1 the general condition of your body and how healthy you are :
I’m worried about my husband’s health.
2 the work of providing medical services to keep people healthy :
The government has promised to spend more on health and education.
health insurance
nurses and other health workers
→ public health
3 when you have no illness or disease :
Even if you haven’t got much money, at least you’ve got your health.
When we last met, he was glowing with health (= was clearly very healthy ) .
4 how successful something such as a business, an organization, or a country’s economy is :
The monthly trade figures are seen as an indicator of the health of the economy.
a clean bill of health at clean 1 ( 13 )
good Physical exercise is essential to good health.
excellent At the age of 70, her health is excellent.
poor He wanted to join the army but his health was too poor.
ill health He retired early due to ill health.
failing health (= when someone is becoming more ill ) Despite failing health, he travelled to Australia to visit his son.
mental health Poverty affects children's physical and mental health.
physical health Her physical health was generally good.
sexual health The programme aims to educate teenagers about sexual health.
general health (= the health of your whole body rather than a particular part ) A balanced diet will improve your general health.
human health Some chemicals pose a significant risk to human health.
damage your health There is no doubt that smoking can seriously damage your health.
endanger your health (= cause danger to your health ) Being overweight endangers your health.
improve (somebody's) health Doing more exercise will improve your health.
somebody's health improves Her health improved slowly after she came home from hospital.
somebody's health deteriorates (= gets worse ) Her health deteriorated rapidly.
health + NOUN
health care (= care from doctors, nurses etc ) Many Americans cannot afford even basic health care.
a health problem He missed a lot of time at work through health problems.
a health risk/hazard/threat (= something that could damage your health ) The report looked at the health risks linked to eating excess sugar.
health benefits the health benefits of doing yoga
health effects The study looked at the long-term health effects of drinking alcohol.
a health warning (= a warning printed on a product that could harm you ) the health warning on cigarette packets
be in good/poor health (= be healthy/unhealthy ) Her parents were elderly and in poor health.
be good/bad for your health Eating plenty of vegetables is good for your health.
somebody's state of health Your choice of exercise must depend on your general state of health.
health and well-being The breakfast program improves the health and well-being of the children. 

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