Definition of illness in US English:

illness

noun

  • A disease or period of sickness affecting the body or mind.

    ‘he died after a long illness’
    ‘I've never missed a day's work through illness’
    • ‘And if you do not cure that sickness, other illnesses will attack and make it weaker.’
    • ‘Obesity is a major factor in illnesses such as heart disease and certain forms of diabetes.’
    • ‘In the early stages, signs and symptoms can be similar to many other more common illnesses like flu.’
    • ‘Other viral illnesses include influenza, the common cold, Lassa fever, and ebola.’
    • ‘Acute fatigue syndromes associated with viral illnesses are very common among teenagers.’
    • ‘Many cardiac and systemic illnesses can affect the left side of the heart.’
    • ‘He started his career at a time when many of the vanquished diseases and illnesses of today were still killers.’
    • ‘It can be used to relieve a number of illnesses from migraines to arthritis.’
    • ‘Members suffer from illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.’
    • ‘The loss of benefits can lead to illnesses such as diabetes and cancer going untreated.’
    • ‘Her last year of life was marred not only by her illness but also by her husband's serious illnesses.’
    • ‘Pox or syphilis was ubiquitous and remedies for illnesses were few and often not effective.’
    • ‘The children are never free from illnesses and disease, always hungry, always listless.’
    • ‘Other viral illnesses such as mumps and rubella may also trigger Bell's palsy.’
    • ‘It is an active painkiller and can help those who suffer from illnesses such as muscular dystrophy.’
    • ‘They did it in order to treat possible future illnesses or diseases the boy might suffer from.’
    • ‘People with excess body fat have a greater risk for such illnesses as diabetes and hypertension.’
    • ‘There is an increased risk of injury from falls and people are more prone to seasonal illnesses like flu.’
    • ‘People say that it can help people with illnesses such as arthritis and Parkinson's syndrome.’
    • ‘The focus is on the patient's response to the illness rather than on the illness itself.’
    sickness, disease, ailment, disorder, complaint, malady, affliction, attack, infection, contagion, disability, indisposition
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Pronunciation

illness

/ˈilnəs//ˈɪlnəs/