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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A program in the United States, jointly funded by the states and the federal government, that reimburses hospitals and physicians for providing care to qualifying people who cannot finance their own medical expenses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. US government system for providing medical assistance to persons unable to afford medical treatments.


medic(al) + aid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of medical and aid (Wiktionary)



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