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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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Examples from the web for ailment
  • 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.
  • The ailment isn't an illness in the traditional sense.
  • If proteins are doing their job wrong, the result is a physical ailment.
  • He died of a heart ailment and pneumonia, a family spokeswoman said.
  • It seems, therefore, that what has hitherto been regarded as a single ailment is actually two.
  • Beryllium causes acute or chronic beryllium disease, a deadly ailment affecting the lungs.
  • On the skin, the ailment starts after three to five days with a nondescript, painless blister that is red around the edges.
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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