ae·​gro·​tat | \ ē-ˈgrō-ˌtat, ˈē-grō- \
plural -s

Definition of aegrotat

1 British : a medical certificate testifying that a student is unable to attend lectures or examinations as a result of illness
2 British : the unclassified university degree granted to a candidate who is prevented by illness from attending examinations

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First Known Use of aegrotat

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aegrotat

Latin, he is ill, third person singular present indicative active of aegrotare to be ill, from aegr-, aeger ill; akin to Tocharian A ekro ill, Tocharian B aikre, aikare, and perhaps to Old English ācol dismayed, Norwegian eikja, eikla to plague, pester, Albanian kë-ék evil, and perhaps to Old English inca suspicion, doubt, quarrel

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“Aegrotat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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