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[eyl-muh nt] /ˈeɪl mənt/
a physical disorder or illness, especially of a minor or chronic nature.
Origin of ailment
1700-10; ail + -ment Unabridged
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  • A kind Providence couldnt possibly saddle sea-sickness with any other ailment.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • I did not, however, understand that the oxen got their ailment from the Missourians.

    A Gold Hunter's Experience Chalkley J. Hambleton
  • Some patients, it is said, are amused at the facial contortions guaranteed by this ailment.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • Diego must know of his ailment, and why he had to go to Oostpoort.

    Wind Charles Louis Fontenay
  • And here I was, prone and helpless, being powwowed not for one ailment, but for all the diseases known in Happy Valley.

British Dictionary definitions for ailment


a slight but often persistent illness
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Word Origin and History for ailment

1706, from ail + -ment.

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ailment in Medicine

ailment ail·ment (āl'mənt)
A physical or mental disorder, especially a mild illness.

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