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ailment

[eyl-muh nt] /ˈeɪl mənt/
noun
1.
a physical disorder or illness, especially of a minor or chronic nature.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; ail + -ment
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  • The hallucination that he could jump back to camp is a typical manifestation of that ailment.
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  • 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

ailment

/ˈeɪlmənt/
noun
1.
a slight but often persistent illness
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Word Origin and History for ailment
n.

1706, from ail + -ment.

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ailment in Medicine

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

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Encyclopedia Article for ailment

disease

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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