General English

General Science

Health Economics

  • (written as Health)
    According to the first principle in the World Health Organization 's constitution (revised 2006), this 'is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity'. Less star-gazing notions are usually embodied in practical work (including, mercifully, that of the WHO).


  • noun the general condition of the mind or body

Origin & History of “health”

Etymologically, health is the ‘state of being whole’. The word was formed in prehistoric Germanic times from the adjective *khailaz, ancestor of modern English whole. To this was added the abstract noun suffix *-itha, producing *khailitha, whence English health. The verb heal (OE) comes from the same source.