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[eyl-muh nt] /ˈeɪl mənt/
a physical disorder or illness, especially of a minor or chronic nature.
Origin of ailment
First recorded in 1700-10; ail + -ment Unabridged
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  • There would be visible evidence of the ailment, and cure could be proved.

  • I did not, however, understand that the oxen got their ailment from the Missourians.

    A Gold Hunter's Experience Chalkley J. Hambleton
  • Diego must know of his ailment, and why he had to go to Oostpoort.

    Wind Charles Louis Fontenay
  • I daresay I do, and I wish to God it was only this raxed arm that was the worst of my ailment.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Let it be remembered that every change in a life habit is the beginning of an ailment.

British Dictionary definitions for ailment


a slight but often persistent illness
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Word Origin and History for ailment

1706, from ail + -ment.

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ailment in Medicine

ailment ail·ment (āl'mənt)
A physical or mental disorder, especially a mild illness.

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