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 That number is several thousands more than the average number of deaths from respiratory ailments in recent years, said Marcelo Gomes, a researcher at Fiocruz. New York Times, "Brazil, Once a Leader, Struggles to Contain Virus Amid Political Turmoil," 16 May 2020 Car and truck pollutants, such as particulate matter and ozone, are major contributors to poor air quality, which raises the risk of respiratory ailments like asthma, bronchitis, and lung cancer. USA TODAY, "Treehouse isolation, python masks, farm-to-food bank: News from around our 50 states," 21 Apr. 2020 Smoke from campfires and swirling dust nurture colds, coughing jags and a wide range of other respiratory ailments. Los Angeles Times, "Aid workers seek to avoid coronavirus outbreak at Matamoros migrant camp," 5 Apr. 2020 Rather than take on victims of the pandemic, both ships were brought in to treat patients with other injuries and ailments, freeing up beds in overwhelmed hospitals for those who need them most. Fox News, "Only 20 patients currently being treated on USNS Comfort in NYC," 3 Apr. 2020 At the Inova Health System’s flagship hospital in Fairfax, Virginia, staff have set up an outdoor tent to separate people reporting respiratory ailments from those with other illnesses. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 24 Mar. 2020 Families of four or five occupy tents intended for two people; some are already weakened by respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments. Miriam Jordan,, "A closed border, dashed hopes, and a looming disaster," 22 Mar. 2020 Once the flu and other respiratory ailments are ruled out, patients are swabbed for the coronavirus either inside their doctor’s office or at a lab used by their doctor’s health care network, local health care officials said. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "So you need a coronavirus test? It’s not that simple.," 13 Mar. 2020 The second, MERS-CoV, emerged a decade later in the Middle East and caused a similar respiratory ailment called Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). Quanta Magazine, "The Animal Origins of Coronavirus and Flu," 25 Feb. 2020

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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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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ailment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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