ail·​ment ˈāl-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio)
: a bodily disorder or chronic disease
a stomach ailment
: unrest, uneasiness
an emotional ailment

Examples of ailment in a Sentence

She suffered from a chronic back ailment. The doctor treated him for a variety of ailments.
Recent Examples on the Web The autoimmune disease, which strikes about 30% of people who have the skin ailment psoriasis, can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. Anne Harding, Health, 9 Feb. 2024 And there’s the body positivity movement, which has been encouraging the medical community to look beyond advising people to just lose weight to fix every body ailment. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, 8 Feb. 2024 Jacobs was diagnosed with Kennedy’s Disease, a genetic neuromuscular ailment that is often mistaken for ALS. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 But these ailments don’t affect men and women equally: Four out of five people with an autoimmune disease are female. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Feb. 2024 Unravel the Mysteries: Cannabis: Delve into the science behind the buzz, from its therapeutic benefits in treating ailments like anxiety and chronic pain, to the ongoing concerns about addiction and cognitive effects on youth and vulnerable populations. Miami Herald, 29 Jan. 2024 His only chance for survival is to leave Earth and head to Elysium — the artificial world where the wealthy reside — which houses technology capable of curing any ailment. Randall Colburn,, 25 Jan. 2024 Butler missed his fifth consecutive game with the toe ailment, and now has missed 10 of the past 11 games when also including five missed with a calf strain. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 12 Jan. 2024 Symptoms usually start with non-specific ailments not unlike COVID or the flu—fever, weakness, and malaise—and then progress to headache, sore throat, muscle pain, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, and stomach pain. Erin Prater, Fortune Well, 12 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


ail entry 1 + -ment

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ailment was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Ailment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


ail·​ment ˈāl-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio)
: a bodily disorder : sickness

Medical Definition


ail·​ment ˈā(ə)l-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio)
: a bodily disorder or chronic disease

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