rehabilitation

noun re·ha·bil·i·ta·tion \ ˌrē-ə-ˌbi-lə-ˈtā-shən , ˌrē-hə- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rehabilitation

plural rehabilitations
:the action, process, or result of rehabilitating or of being rehabilitated: such as
a :restoration especially by therapeutic means to an improved condition of physical function
  • MCL injuries alone rarely necessitate surgery and heal with rest and rehabilitation.
  • —Shira Springer
  • The handsome barn-style building is used as a wildlife rehabilitation center, so you'll see mending hawks, eagles, or owls perching.
  • —Lora J. Finnegan
; also :the process of restoring a person to a drug- or alcohol-free state
  • … the tabloid feeding frenzy surrounding his drug bust and ensuing rehabilitation for heroin addiction last year.
  • —Joyce Millman
b :the process of restoring someone (such as a criminal) to a useful and constructive place in society
  • the rehabilitation of prisoners
  • a prison rehabilitation program
c :the restoration of something damaged or deteriorated to a prior good condition
  • the rehabilitation of the neighborhood
  • the rehabilitation of a person's reputation

First Known Use of rehabilitation

15th century


Medical Dictionary

rehabilitation

noun, often attributive re·ha·bil·i·ta·tion \ ˌrē-(h)ə-ˌbil-ə-ˈtā-shən \

medical Definition of rehabilitation

1 :the action or process of rehabilitating or of being rehabilitated: as
a :the physical restoration of a sick or disabled person by therapeutic measures and reeducation to participation in the activities of a normal life within the limitations of the person's physical disability
  • rehabilitation after coronary occlusion
b :the process of restoring an individual to a useful and constructive place in society especially through some form of vocational, correctional, or therapeutic retraining
2 :the result of rehabilitating :the state of being rehabilitated
  • rehabilitation of the patient


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