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the National Health Service

noun uk   us   (abbreviation the NHS)
the service in the UK that provides free or cheap medical treatment for everyone and is paid for through taxes: Can you get acupuncture on (= paid for by) the National Health Service?
National Health
adjective uk   us   (also NHS)
a National Health hospital Is your dentist private or NHS?
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