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malady

[mal-uh-dee] /ˈmæl ə di/
noun, plural maladies.
1.
any disorder or disease of the body, especially one that is chronic or deepseated.
2.
any undesirable or disordered condition:
social maladies; a malady of the spirit.
Origin of malady
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English maladie < Old French, equivalent to malade sick (< Late Latin male habitus literally, ill-conditioned; see mal-, habit1) + -ie -y3
Can be confused
malady, melody.
Synonyms
1. illness, sickness, affliction, complaint, ailment, indisposition.
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malady

/ˈmælədɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
any disease or illness
2.
any unhealthy, morbid, or desperate condition: a malady of the spirit
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin male habitus (unattested) in poor condition, from Latin male badly + habitus, from habēre to have
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Word Origin and History for malady
n.

late 13c., from Old French maladie "sickness, illness, disease" (13c.), from malade "ill" (12c.), from Latin male habitus "doing poorly, feeling sick," literally "ill-conditioned," from male "badly" (see mal-) + habitus, past participle of habere "have, hold" (see habit). Related: Maladies.

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malady in Medicine

malady mal·a·dy (māl'ə-dē)
n.
A disease, disorder, or ailment.

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