ailment

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noun ail·ment \ ˈāl-mənt \

Definition of ailment

1 :a bodily disorder or chronic disease
  • a stomach ailment
2 :unrest, uneasiness
  • an emotional ailment

Examples of ailment in a Sentence

  1. She suffered from a chronic back ailment.

  2. The doctor treated him for a variety of ailments.

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Origin and Etymology of ailment

see 1ail


AILMENT Defined for English Language Learners

ailment

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Definition of ailment for English Language Learners

  • : a sickness or illness


AILMENT Defined for Kids

ailment

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noun ail·ment \ ˈāl-mənt \

Definition of ailment for Students

:a sickness or disease

Medical Dictionary

ailment

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noun ail·ment \ ˈā(ə)l-mənt \

medical Definition of ailment

:a bodily disorder or chronic disease


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