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illness

[il-nis] /ˈɪl nɪs/
noun
1.
unhealthy condition; poor health; indisposition; sickness.
2.
Obsolete, wickedness.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; ill + -ness
Synonyms
1. ailment, affliction, infirmity.
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  • The majority of inmates are serving time for non-violent charges and have mental health illnesses or drug addictions.
British Dictionary definitions for illnesses

illness

/ˈɪlnɪs/
noun
1.
a disease or indisposition; sickness
2.
a state of ill health
3.
(obsolete) wickedness
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Word Origin and History for illnesses

illness

n.

"disease, sickness," 1680s, from ill + -ness. Earlier it meant "bad moral quality" (c.1500).

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illnesses in Medicine

illness ill·ness (ĭl'nĭs)
n.
Disease of body or mind; poor health; sickness.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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