terminal illness

[ tur-muh-nl il-nis ]

  1. a disease or condition that cannot be cured and will almost certainly lead to death.

Origin of terminal illness

First recorded in 1860–65
  • Sometimes life-lim·it·ing ill·ness [lahyf-lim-i-ting il-nis], /ˈlaɪfˈlɪm ɪ tɪŋ ˈɪl nɪs/, end-stage dis·ease [end-steyj di-zeez] /ˈɛndˌsteɪdʒ dɪˈziz/ .

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