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[eyl-muh nt] /ˈeɪl mənt/
a physical disorder or illness, especially of a minor or chronic nature.
1700-10; ail + -ment Unabridged
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  • ailments you may encounter include peach leaf curl and brown rot of stone fruit.
  • It was the culmination of a series of stress-related ailments that plagued me in the final years of grad school.
  • Describes the physical ailments free divers can suffer, including burst eardrums and severe fatigue.
  • The placebo can act effectively in a number of ailments.
  • For years, tobacco companies faced and won lawsuits in which smokers claimed damages for ailments caused or aggravated by smoking.
  • Here are a few ailments they've gotten a whiff of so far.
  • As databases of information about people's lifestyles and medical ailments grow, ever-stranger omens of our health seem to emerge.
  • For more serious ailments, specialized apps can help users track their symptoms, prescriptions and doctor's appointments.
  • Patients with chronic ailments often take many pills a day.
  • We do not need to conjure up mysterious ailments to explain it.
British Dictionary definitions for ailments


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



1706, from ail + -ment.

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ailments in Medicine

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

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