ailment

noun
ail·​ment | \ ˈāl-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio) \

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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For years, Dee Dee duped family, friends, and even the media, into thinking her daughter was afflicted with a long list of ailments, including leukemia and muscular dystrophy. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "Gypsy Rose Blanchard: A Look Back at Her Surreal Childhood and the Mother She Murdered," 6 Nov. 2018 The ailment causes inflammation of the kneecap tendon that attaches to the shin bone, according to the American Academy of Osteopathic Surgeons. Reema Amin, baltimoresun.com, "Anne Arundel summer dance program conveys confidence as well as technique," 11 July 2018 But only Kellman was treated for the ailment — a fact that infuriates the siblings. Amy Kaufman, latimes.com, "The surreal, sad story behind the acclaimed new doc 'Three Identical Strangers'," 1 July 2018 But many of those animals don’t naturally develop the same diseases as humans, so the ailments have to be created through genetic manipulation or other means, some of which raise ethical concerns. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "Doctor, Your Patient Is Waiting. It’s a Red Panda.," 29 June 2018 What turns a man professionally endowed to treat the mental ailments of others into one who goes mental himself? Newsweek, "Amazing Photos of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton," 14 Mar. 2018 Hyperpigmentation is one of the biggest skin ailments for women of color. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "This Skincare Ingredient is the Secret Weapon for Michelle Obama's Glowing Skin," 17 Jan. 2019 And compared with women, men have twice the risk of heart disease, just one of the various ailments that, on the whole, drives them to earlier graves. Esther Perel, Glamour, "One Crazy Idea to Empower Women? Focus on Men," 12 Dec. 2018 People who have autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may have different challenges, but the ailments might arise from a common set of genes. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "The Same Genes May Underlie Different Psychiatric Disorders," 12 July 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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ailment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ailment

: a sickness or illness

ailment

noun
ail·​ment | \ ˈāl-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio) \

Kids Definition of ailment

: a sickness or disease

ailment

noun
ail·​ment | \ ˈā(ə)l-mənt How to pronounce ailment (audio) \

Medical Definition of ailment

: a bodily disorder or chronic disease

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