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Sub-health

noun; derivation affixation
A state of well-being between health and disease. This seems to be a word translated from a corresponding Chinese phrase, “ya”-health, where “ya” means suboptimal. A sub-healthy person does not suffer from any form of illness, but cannot be considered healthy either, possibly due to stress, extensive work schedule, and lack of sleep.
 
Sub-health has now become a major problem among city dwellers, especially white-collar workers and those with high education level.
Etymology : sub- (under) + health, Old English hælþ "wholeness, a being whole, sound or well"
Source : CNTV English, Aug. 9, 2011
Last modified: 3 December 2016


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