health care

noun

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 attributively
  • health-care providers

First Known Use of health care

1940


HEALTH CARE Defined for English Language Learners

health care

noun

Definition of health care for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

health care

noun
variants: also 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 FishbeinThe Washington Post5 Dec. 2008
  • Medicare payments for home healthcare will also be reduced by $40 billion over 10 years.
  • —Peter GrierThe Christian Science Monitor5 Apr. 2010
  • Pregnant health care workers should wash their hands more frequently than usual and be extra-careful when handling infectious objects.
  • —Maria LaPianaThe Sacramento Bee11 Oct. 1997
often hyphenated when used before another noun
  • Although referred to as a health-care system, the United States actually delivers health care through a vast patchwork of public, for-profit and not-for-profit clinics; small community hospitals; large teaching and research institutions; health maintenance organizations; and thousands of doctors in private practice whose medical services are built around entrepreneurial enterprises.
  • —Delthia RicksMs. MagazineSpring 2009

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