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

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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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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4 Aug 2022

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“Ailment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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