self-care

noun \ ˌself-ˈker \

Definition of self-care

: care for oneself
  • stroke victims capable of daily self-care
  • the necessity of busy working parents to take time for self-care
; specifically : health care provided by oneself often without the consultation of a medical professional
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are a common route for self-care, and consumers are eagerly using them …
  • —Alison Stein Wellner
sometimes used before another noun
  • At-home screening is one side of the burgeoning self-care movement …
  • —Stephen Rae

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First Known Use of self-care

1841

in the meaning defined above

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Medical Dictionary

self-care

noun \ -ˈke(ə)r \

medical Definition of self-care

: care for oneself : self-treatment

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