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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The musician was said to be dealing with serious ailments, including a fractured hip. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Angels employee’s alleged involvement in Tyler Skaggs’ death is one of many questions," 30 Aug. 2019 Campbell played his entire career with physical ailments aggravated by some band-aid surgeries. The Si Staff,, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 And both DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead have missed several practices this summer with minor ailments. Eric Branch,, "Continuity concerns? 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has a few," 13 Aug. 2019 According to Los Angeles Blade, Project Angel Food has since expanded to help people with differing ailments, and has given away more than 11 million meals. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Who Is Marianne Williamson, 2020 Presidential Candidate and Also Oprah's Spiritual Advisor?," 8 Feb. 2019 According to the proposal, the first $20 million in tax revenues in the first two years of recreational marijuana sales goes to research on the benefits of marijuana to treat ailments such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Marijuana tax revenues may not be the long-term answer to Michigan budget woes," 19 Aug. 2019 Doctors have also observed this acceleration of cancer in humans with tissue-disturbing ailments such as inflammatory bowel disease. Robert Gatenby, Scientific American, "Darwin’s Ideas on Evolution Drive a Radical New Approach to Cancer Drug Use," 3 Aug. 2019 The first goal is to use the technology to help people overcome such ailments as blindness and paralysis. The Economist, "Elon Musk wants to link brains directly to machines," 18 July 2019 Insys employees posed as medical providers and obtained pre-authorization for reimbursements by claiming ailments such as dental and back pain were attributable to cancer. Edmund H. Mahony,, "Sales rep for opioid maker avoids prison in kickback case," 24 June 2019

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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 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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readily or continually undergoing change

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