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self-heal·​ing ˌself-ˈhē-liŋ How to pronounce self-healing (audio)
: acting or serving to heal or repair oneself or itself: such as
: involving or promoting recovery from injury or disease
the body's self-healing ability/process
: able to repair physical damage without outside agency
self-healing polymers
Made of sturdy, three-ply construction, the mats are reversible and self-healing, providing a smooth, nonslip work surface and protection for desks, tables, and drawing boards when cutting with scissors …Artnews


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: the act or process of healing oneself or itself
A team of researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) has developed a method to create flexible, stretchable electronics capable of self-healingJackson Schroeder
… he had been working with visual imaging—a form of self-healing many cancer patients attempt.Irvin D. Yalom
… the story involves a man suffering from depression who inherits money, and meets a young woman and her eccentric daughter. They go through a journey of self-healing together.Nancy Molnar

Examples of self-healing in a Sentence

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Do Kwon, the CEO of UST creator Terraform Labs, later misrepresented what actually happened, boasting that the supposedly self-healing algorithm behind UST had restored the peg, the SEC complaint alleges. Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez, Fortune Crypto, 17 Feb. 2023 One group of researchers, inspired by the self-healing properties of human skin, recently created an experimental robot that can bounce back from small injuries. Nora Bradford, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1660, in the meaning defined above


1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-healing was in 1660

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“Self-healing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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