illness

noun

ill·​ness ˈil-nəs How to pronounce illness (audio)
1
b
: an unhealthy condition of body or mind
2
obsolete

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Trump will be the nominee unless death, grave illness, or some other deus ex machina factor intervenes. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 24 Feb. 2024 Those most at risk include those who are unvaccinated, those who don't know their immunization status, pregnant women and those who have a weakened immune system because of illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition and/or medications. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 Serious illness can occur in those infected with measles, especially young children, pregnant women and people with depressed immune systems, according to the County Public Health Department. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 On February 16, the Times of London reported that the Duke of Sussex was willing to take on a temporary role within the royal family due to his father’s illness and the Princess of Wales’s recent surgery. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 22 Feb. 2024 Using many different analyses, researchers confirmed that there are clear biological markers of illness. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 21 Feb. 2024 But a new report from the American Lung Association highlights the particular advantages for children, especially those vulnerable to respiratory illness. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 21 Feb. 2024 Insurers consider these services to be routine care and won’t pay for them under an accident and illness plan. Sarah Schlichter Of Nerdwallet, Quartz, 21 Feb. 2024 Broadbent became a fixture in HIV/AIDS advocacy before medications became available that could make living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, a more manageable chronic illness. Michelle Garcia, NBC News, 21 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of illness was circa 1500

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Cite this Entry

“Illness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illness. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

illness

noun
ill·​ness ˈil-nəs How to pronounce illness (audio)
1
: an unhealthy condition of body or mind
2

Medical Definition

illness

noun
ill·​ness ˈil-nəs How to pronounce illness (audio)
: an unhealthy condition of body or mind : sickness

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