illness

noun
ill·​ness | \ ˈil-nəs How to pronounce illness (audio) \

Definition of illness

b : an unhealthy condition of body or mind
2 obsolete

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Examples of illness in a Sentence

Her body was not able to defend itself against illness. Hundreds of soldiers died from illness and hunger. He showed no signs of illness. Scientists have not yet found a cure for this illness. cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses She died at the age of 60 after a brief illness.
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Recent Examples on the Web The state has seen 7,160 deaths from the viral respiratory illness, including six announced Sunday. Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, "Minnesota hospitals offering more N95 masks to workers," 2 May 2021 The rejection comes as Brazil’s healthcare system has only recently managed to bring down from record highs the number of new infections and deaths from the illness while the country is working to ramp up its vaccination programs. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Brazil Rejects Russian Covid-19 Vaccine," 27 Apr. 2021 Arkansas on Friday reported 237 new coronavirus cases and six more deaths from the illness caused by the virus. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Crowd record, ‘secret prom,’ demand drop: News from around our 50 states," 20 Apr. 2021 And just last week, Navalny was moved to the prison's medical ward suffering from a respiratory illness and a high temperature. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, "Russia moves to outlaw Navalny's movement as doctors plead for access to him in prison," 16 Apr. 2021 Even amid the rise of variants, vaccines will significantly lower your risk for infection and will protect you from serious illness and hospitalization. New York Times, "Can the Covid Vaccine Protect Me Against Virus Variants?," 15 Apr. 2021 The blood clot reports prompted several countries in the 27-nation bloc to limit the AstraZeneca vaccine to older age groups, which are more at risk from serious illness when infected with COVID-19. BostonGlobe.com, "J&J delays vaccine rollout in Europe amid blood clot fears in US," 13 Apr. 2021 As a prayer for recovery from illness, the Japanese emperor Yōmei once vowed to erect a temple in honor of the Buddha. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, "This Exquisite Exhibit Of Traditional Japanese Carpentry Can Teach America How To Build Back Better," 6 Apr. 2021 Glimm said allowing someone to end their life because of pain from a terminal illness could normalize suicide for people living with depression, which is also a form of pain. Time, "Getting a Prescription to Die Remains Tricky Even As Aid-in-Dying Bills Gain Momentum Across the U.S.," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of illness

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of illness was circa 1500

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7 May 2021

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“Illness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illness. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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illness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of illness

: a condition of being unhealthy in your body or mind
: a specific condition that prevents your body or mind from working normally : a sickness or disease

illness

noun
ill·​ness | \ ˈil-nəs How to pronounce illness (audio) \

Kids Definition of illness

1 : an unhealthy condition of the body or mind Germs can cause illness.
2 : a specific sickness or disease Colds are a common illness.

illness

noun
ill·​ness | \ ˈil-nəs How to pronounce illness (audio) \

Medical Definition of illness

: an unhealthy condition of body or mind : sickness

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