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Examples of aliment in a Sentence
complained that he had to drive for hours to find any sort of cultural aliment when visiting his parents' rural home
Recent Examples of aliment from the Web
In surgical units, patients often are encouraged to move as soon as possible and progress is tracked to assess postsurgical recovery and prevent aliments such as blood clots.
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Did You Know?
These days you're most likely to encounter "aliment" as a typo for "ailment," but the word was less of a rarity in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. And the word's history goes back even further than that. It dates to the 15th century and comes from Latin alere, meaning "to nourish," by way of "alimentum." Although "aliment" is uncommon in today's English, you may recognize it in the somewhat technical term "alimentary canal"-the name for the long tube in the body through which food passes after it is eaten. "Aliment" also functions as a verb meaning "to give aliment to," or "to nourish or sustain."
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