Definition of ailment in US English:



  • An illness, typically a minor one.

    ‘the doctor diagnosed a common stomach ailment’
    • ‘He may be successful without other ailments like fever, common cold and whatever.’
    • ‘Bone and joint ailments such as arthritis and rheumatism are often reported too.’
    • ‘A man hunched over with pain and troubled by a lengthy list of illnesses and ailments.’
    • ‘There is an increase in respiratory ailments, flu and accidents due to the bad weather.’
    • ‘Every centre deals with common ailments and can give you advice on what to do about non-urgent conditions.’
    • ‘The root of the plant is a remedy for rheumatism, asthma and other respiratory ailments.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, ambulances are rushing to see patients with minor ailments.’
    • ‘Respiratory infections, eye disease and bronchial ailments are common.’
    • ‘The hospital has blamed patients with minor ailments for causing the long delays but stressed lives were not put in danger.’
    • ‘Patients with diabetes can develop other ailments such as heart or kidney disease.’
    • ‘I seem to be going through one of those phases in life where minor ailments pile on top of one another in a seemingly continuous stream.’
    • ‘There are some alternatives for ailments such as diabetes and arthritis as well.’
    • ‘Along the way, minor ailments were treated and hypochondria dispelled, with adept matter of factness.’
    • ‘However, the harsh reality is that cures are still lacking for many common ailments, such as cancer and obesity.’
    • ‘It advocates that you need not run to a doctor for minor ailments, stop and look in your kitchen instead.’
    • ‘Then they died of typhoid, malaria and liver ailments in addition to starvation.’
    • ‘The personnel would be screened for blood pressure, diabetes and heart ailments.’
    • ‘Who provides nourishment to the fowls in the air and who attends to their ailments and illness?’
    • ‘Medical treatment, even treatment for minor ailments, does not fall within that category of events.’
    • ‘Another problem I have is with people who grossly exaggerate minor ailments just to get extended time off work.’
    illness, disease, disorder, sickness, affliction, malady, complaint, infection, upset, condition, infirmity, indisposition, malaise, trouble
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