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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Jackson, 89, has suffered from a variety of ailments in recent years, including dementia, strokes, and at least one heart attack, according to reports. Jem Aswad,, "Joe Jackson hospitalized, in final stages of terminal cancer," 22 June 2018 Beset with all manner of ailments in recent years, Harvey now has whiplash to worry about. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: The Black Knight's arrival in Cincy is 'eh'," 9 May 2018 Last week, at a Veterans Administration hospital in Connecticut to get treatment for a knee ailment, Pelzer suddenly suffered a massive heart attack. Adrian Walker,, "Ex-offenders lose a tireless advocate," 3 July 2018 The 25-year-old right-hander, who missed two weeks dealing with a shoulder ailment while in El Paso, posted a 3.10 ERA in 11 starts for the Chihuahuas. Kevin Acee,, "Luis Perdomo back with Padres," 3 July 2018 The first patients in the 1990s were from Ethiopia, including a 15-year-old boy who lived in the streets with a life-threatening cardiac ailment. Washington Post, "Israeli ‘Save a Child’s Heart’ doctors honored at UN," 29 June 2018 The injury that hampered Thorn was a broken hamate bone in his left wrist, a common ailment for baseball players. Dave Melton, Post-Tribune, "Twisted wrister: Portage graduate Hunter Thorn heals up, then heats up for Northwest Indiana Oilmen," 25 June 2018 Irritable bowel syndrome is a common ailment that can cause many different symptoms in the large intestine. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Man who pooped on driver during road rage incident says he just 'had to drop it'," 12 June 2018 This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment. Justin Carissimo, CBS News, "Mariners' Robinson Canó suspended 80 games for drug violation," 15 May 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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