health care

variants: or healthcare \ ˈhelth-​ˌker How to pronounce health care (audio) also  ˈheltth-​ \

Definition of health care

: efforts made to maintain or restore physical, mental, or emotional well-being especially by trained and licensed professionals usually hyphenated when used attributivelyhealth-care providers

Examples of health care in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The singer and husband Emilio Estefan’s restaurant Estefan Kitchen served up homemade meals for health care workers in Miami. Jonathan Landrum Jr., Chron, "Despite bleak 2020, celebrities such as Trae Tha Truth make effort to brighten year," 25 Dec. 2020 Hogan has released a plan with top priority to health care workers, first responders and those in nursing facilities. Meredith Cohn,, "Pharmacies play growing role in COVID-19 vaccinations," 25 Dec. 2020 About 3 million people, mostly frontline health care workers, have been vaccinated against the coronavirus after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BionNTech and Moderna. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "'It's going to be a long road': His father developed the polio vaccine. This is what he thinks about COVID-19.," 25 Dec. 2020 Officials also recommend that health care workers and staff at congregate living settings get tested regularly. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "No COVID-19 testing on Christmas, but here’s where you can get a free test this weekend in Anchorage," 25 Dec. 2020 Several states have earmarked doses for the incarcerated soon after those initial groups of health care workers and first responders. Jolie Mccullough Jolie Mccullough,, "Texas hasn’t said when or how inmates will receive the coronavirus vaccine," 25 Dec. 2020 The move follows the vaccination of nearly 8,000 Lake County front line health care workers since December 17. Steve Sadin,, "Coronavirus vaccination effort expected to arrive in Lake County long-term care centers Monday," 25 Dec. 2020 The official total of 5,050 deaths reported Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health comes amid otherwise positive news of declines in cases and increases in health care workers who have been vaccinated. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "One man's struggle reflects Minnesota's loss of 5,000 to COVID," 24 Dec. 2020 The county received its first batch of 20,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine late Wednesday and will begin vaccinating first-responders and health care workers starting Monday. Lisa J. Huriash,, "South Florida veterans to get vaccine soon, with other seniors to follow," 24 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of health care

1940, in the meaning defined above

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29 Dec 2020

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“Health care.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of health care

: the prevention or treatment of illness by doctors, dentists, psychologists, etc.

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variants: or healthcare

Medical Definition of health care

: the maintaining and restoration of health by the treatment and prevention of disease especially by trained and licensed professionals (as in medicine, dentistry, clinical psychology, and public health) We developed penicillin, heart surgery and transplants, among many other breakthroughs that have transformed health care.— Thomas Fishbein Medicare payments for home healthcare will also be reduced by $40 billion over 10 years.— Peter Grier Pregnant health care workers should wash their hands more frequently than usual and be extra-careful when handling infectious objects.— Maria LaPiana often hyphenated when used before another nounhealth-care providershealth-care coverage

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