ail·​ment | \ ˈāl-mənt \

Definition of ailment

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

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Examples of ailment in a Sentence

She suffered from a chronic back ailment. The doctor treated him for a variety of ailments.

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Those with weakened immune systems are among the patient population considered most at-risk, as well as infants, people over 65, and those with chronic ailments. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Wimbledon champ Ken Flach's widow speaks out on tennis great's sepsis death," 25 Sep. 2018 Limited mobility is a giant, vague category, after all, with so many physical ailments to account for (let alone psychological ones). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox Adaptive Controller is now out—and we go hand, foot, fingers, and elbows-on," 6 Sep. 2018 Others with more benign ailments, such as acne, faced higher rates. Sarah Gantz,, "Ever been depressed? Had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future," 3 July 2018 Kids, older adults, pregnant woman and those with lung/heart ailments are particularly susceptible. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "As County Fire rages, what's the risk from breathing? Here's air quality info for the region," 2 July 2018 Others with more benign ailments, such as acne, faced higher rates. Sarah Gantz,, "Ever been depressed? Had cancer? Preexisting conditions can define your future," 28 June 2018 Dementia also takes a devastating emotional, financial and physical toll on the families of those who are diagnosed with these ailments., "AARP invests $60M to fund research for cures to dementia and Alzheimer's," 25 June 2018 For the study, published in the American Research Journal of Pharmacy, the researchers used lasers of different colors to gauge the physical and emotional responses to light and color of participants with various ailments. Caroline Biggs, New York Times, "Living in Color," 22 June 2018 Senior midfielder Ryan Baukhages missed nine games because of a concussion and illness, and Gross and sophomore short-stick defensive midfielder Taylor McVean finished out the season with painful ankle ailments. Edward Lee,, "Review & preview: Frostburg State men’s lacrosse," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of ailment

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ailment

see ail entry 1

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The first known use of ailment was in 1606

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English Language Learners Definition of ailment

: a sickness or illness


ail·​ment | \ ˈāl-mənt \

Kids Definition of ailment

: a sickness or disease


ail·​ment | \ ˈā(ə)l-mənt \

Medical Definition of ailment

: a bodily disorder or chronic disease

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