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health

noun [U]
 
 
/helθ/
the activity or business of providing medical services: They welcomed the government's commitment to extra spending on health and education. Treatment of heart disease and cancer will be a top priority according to a report released by the Department of Health. The governor's plan is by far the most sweeping health reform proposal that any state has attempted recently. health department/official
the condition of someone's body or mind, or the state of being well: Increases in the volume of work are damaging the health of some of our top executives. A clean water supply is crucial to public health. health problems/risks/threats
the condition of a company, organization, or economy and the degree to which it is successful or makes a profit: In the UK, every retailer's health is measured by its Christmas sales. Layoffs are sometimes necessary for the long-term health of an economy. the financial health of the company
give sth a clean bill of health to say that an organization or system is in a good financial position or has been operating honestly and legally, after having examined it: Concerns about "installation procedures" mean the company cannot be given a clean bill of health. to state or announce that a product, place, etc. is safe to use after testing it or examining it: The restaurant has been given a clean bill of health. →  See also environmental health
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