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[in-fur-mi-tee] /ɪnˈfɜr mɪ ti/
noun, plural infirmities for 1, 3.
a physical weakness or ailment:
the infirmities of age.
quality or state of being infirm; lack of strength.
a moral weakness or failing.
1325-75; Middle English infirmite < Latin infirmitās. See infirm, -ity
Related forms
superinfirmity, noun, plural superinfirmities.
3. flaw, defect, fault. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for infirmities
  • Their instincts remain rooted in the wild, where survival requires covering up weaknesses and infirmities.
  • Fetal or neonatal infirmities with well-established causes.
  • Problems to be treated range from learning and emotional disabilities to the infirmities of age.
  • They shall include recognition of any special needs occasioned by the handicaps and infirmities of age, blindness, or disability.
  • The social and economic losses caused by these costly infirmities are a matter of grave concern to the people of the state.
  • Most of the organization's patients are elderly people who are confined because of their infirmities.
British Dictionary definitions for infirmities


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being infirm
physical weakness or debility; frailty
a moral flaw or failing
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Word Origin and History for infirmities



late 14c., "disease, sickness; lack of capability, weakness," from Latin infirmitatem (nominative infirmitas) "want of strength, weakness, feebleness," noun of quality from infirmus (see infirm). Cf. Middle French infirmité, Old French enfermete.

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infirmities in Medicine

infirmity in·fir·mi·ty (ĭn-fûr'mĭ-tē)

  1. A bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age.

  2. A condition or disease producing weakness.

  3. A failing or defect in a person's character.

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