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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Dee Dee had told their community that Gypsy was a terminally ill teen with the mind of a 7-year-old who suffered from muscular dystrophy, leukemia and other ailments. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "Nick Godejohn Says Gypsy Rose Blanchard Was His ‘Soulmate’ in New Prison Interview," 9 July 2019 The groups’ false claims linking vaccines to autism and other ailments, while downplaying the risks of measles, have led growing numbers of parents to shun the shots. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 The groups’ false claims linking vaccines to autism and other ailments, while downplaying the risks of measles, have led growing numbers of parents to shun the shots. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 The groups’ false claims linking vaccines to autism and other ailments, while downplaying the risks of measles, have led growing numbers of parents to shun the shots. Amy Brittain, Twin Cities, "Meet the New York couple donating millions to the anti-vax movement," 19 June 2019 In 2017, Florida began regulated medical marijuana sales in which doctors could authorize or recommend cannabis for patients with certain diseases and ailments. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "MedMen expands its cannabis retail empire to Florida," 14 June 2019 Eighteen different players this season alone missed at least one game because of an injury or ailment. Keith Pompey, https://www.inquirer.com, "Doctors Daniel Medina and David T. Martin casualties of Sixers’ failed athlete care," 4 June 2019 This approach would be problematic in humans, since gene therapy remains experimental, but Levin is working to repeat his results with drugs approved for other ailments. Sally Adee, Quartz, "Our bodies are full of electricity that could help us fight cancer," 30 May 2019 These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or ailment. Dan Nosowitz, Vox, "The super-popular cannabis compound, explained.," 1 Nov. 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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Dictionary Entries near ailment

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ailment

Ailsa Craig

ailsyte

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The first known use of ailment was in 1606

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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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