a physical disorder or illness, especially of a minor or chronic nature.

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ailment (ˈeɪlmənt)
a slight but often persistent illness

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

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a harmful deviation from the normal structural or functional state of an organism. A diseased organism commonly exhibits signs or symptoms indicative of its abnormal state. Thus, the normal condition of an organism must be understood in order to recognize the hallmarks of disease. Nevertheless, a sharp demarcation between disease and health is not always apparent

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The ailment of hypersensitivity, a symptom of the disease of political
  correctness, is breaking out in journalism.
But the ailment is now fashionable enough to attract the interest of those with
  mildly upset feelings.
The hallucination that he could jump back to camp is a typical manifestation of
  that ailment.
The ailment may be in part the result of the stresses imposed on hives by this
  uniquely modern system.
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