health care

noun Also health care.

  1. the field concerned with the maintenance or restoration of the health of the body or mind.
  2. any of the procedures or methods employed in this field.

adjective Also health-care.

  1. of, relating to, or involved in healthcare: healthcare workers; a healthcare center.

also health care, 1940, U.S. government-ese, from health + care (n.).


  1. The prevention, treatment, and management of illness and the preservation of mental and physical well-being through the services offered by the medical and allied health professions.


  1. health-care Of or relating to health care.
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