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noun [uncountable] health pronunciation in American English /helθ/
  1. 1
    the condition of your body, especially whether or not you are sick

    His health improved once he stopped working.

    Smoking can seriously damage your health.

    in good health:

    She is 85 and still in very good health.

    in poor health:

    My father has been in poor health for some time.

    be good/bad for your health:

    Stress is definitely bad for your health.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to or affecting your health

      free health checks

      health problems

    2. b.
      the condition of being strong and well

      A good diet helps to maintain health.

      It took him several years to regain his health.

  2. 2
    the job of providing medical care for people who are sick

    Hospital managers are urging the government to spend more on health.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to medical care

      health professionals

      the regional health authority


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