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.
Recent Examples on the Web Both Skotnicki and Engelman listed alcohol as a common trigger for psoriasis, echoing Hu’s overarching message about the link between lifestyle choices and the skin ailment. Olivia Muenter, Allure, "How to Treat and Prevent Psoriasis in Your Everyday Life," 3 May 2021 Any doctor will not treat a symptom, but will treat what is actually causing the ailment. Washington Post, "With a verdict, troubled reflections," 21 Apr. 2021 Bradley has been sidelined since Feb. 5 with a strained right calf, with the ailment suffered in the Feb. 3 home victory over the Washington Wizards. Ira Winderman,, "Avery Bradley remains inactive for Heat, as Bam Adebayo returns," 16 Mar. 2021 The ailment caused the eight-time Pro Bowler to have the least productive season of his career. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Defensive tackle Geno Atkins' future with Cincinnati Bengals is a 'fluid situation'," 9 Mar. 2021 But Gehrig was the only one whose name is associated with the ailment. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, "New ‘Lou Gehrig Day’ Will Raise Awareness For Deadly ALS Disease," 4 Mar. 2021 Upton attributed his ailment to poor sleeping caused by a faulty hotel mattress. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Justin Upton’s back and it’s just fine as his grand slam helps Angels beat Twins," 16 Apr. 2021 Courage begins in a foreign country without a diagnosis of his heart ailment. Steve Brozak, Forbes, "Courage: A Book About Life And Beating The Odds In Healthcare," 5 Apr. 2021 Where many of the time would have dismissed the youth for his physical ailment, Mr. Felsch saw a talisman. New York Times, "How the Yankees’ Luckiest Batboy Ended Up in an Unmarked Grave," 2 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of ailment

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ailment

ail entry 1 + -ment

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The first known use of ailment was in 1606

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12 May 2021

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“Ailment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ailment

: a sickness or illness


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

Kids Definition of ailment

: a sickness or disease


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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