• WordNet 3.6
    • n ailment an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Romans used to believe that walnuts could cure head ailments during the Renaissance, since their shape was similar to that of a brain
    • n Ailment Indisposition; morbid affection of the body; -- not applied ordinarily to acute diseases. "Little ailments ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Close to two million people who go to hospitals in the United States for one ailment wind up catching another.
    • n ailment Disease; indisposition; morbid affection of the body: not ordinarily applied to acute diseases. Synonyms Sickness, etc. (see illness), indisposition, disorder, complaint.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: From the 1500's to the 1700's, tobacco was prescribed by doctors to treat a variety of ailments including headaches, toothaches, arthritis and bad breath.
    • n Ailment pain: indisposition: disease
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  • Jonathan Swift
    “We are so fond of one another because our ailments are the same.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “A bodily disease which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part.”
  • Mother Goose
    Mother Goose
    “For every ailment under the sun, There is a remedy, or there is none, If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it.”
  • Maurice Blanchot
    Maurice Blanchot
    “Lovers of painting and lovers of music are people who openly display their preference like a delectable ailment that isolates them and makes them proud.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. eglan, to pain. See Awe.


In literature:

In the hospitals there, the ailment of the patient, when he is admitted, is denoted by certain letters, such as 'T.
"More Toasts"
She will not descant upon bodily ailments in the drawing-room or at the table.
"Letters to a Daughter and A Little Sermon to School Girls" by Helen Ekin Starrett
Welfare and immunity from ailment be thine; I hope to see thee return.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The youth upon whom her affections are fixed is stricken with a deadly ailment.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Before many weeks of the campaign had passed, Douglas had ceased to be merely a consultative specialist on party ailments.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
You will class that ailment perhaps with the whooping cough and the measles and sneer it out of existence.
"Paradise Garden" by George Gibbs
The revelation at the inquest had affected Mr. Verner in no measured degree, greatly increasing, for the time, his bodily ailments.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
She spoke of her ailments.
"The Honorable Miss" by L. T. Meade
There is no doubt in my mind that whatever ailments he may honestly lay claim to, his title to the same was complete before he entered the Army.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
He had not come to exchange commonplaces with his master about age or its ailments.
"The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In poetry:

That none can fathom,
Since he does not tell his ailment
Save by signs and by his manner.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
He is just about to enter:--
You can see him; all his ailment
In the soul you 'll find is centered.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Whene'er we groan with ache or pain,--
Some common ailment of the race,--
Though doctors think the matter plain,--
That ours is "a peculiar case."
"What We All Think" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Still I cannot tell you when,
But I shall return and see him
Frequently; in fact 'till he
Is from all his ailment free,
From my hand I will not free him.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The gardens full of gold and decay,
With lure of purple of the swelling ailments,
And tardy heat of sun in curves of sunbeam’s remnants,
Unable to distil into the fragrant spray.
"September" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
An' Nannie, his wife—a true helpmeet was she,
Weel fitted gude counsel an' comfort to gi'e;
Weel skill'd in the ailments o' women an' weans,
To soothe them in sickness, an' saften their pains.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

When longtime Charlestown resident Shawna Pelton was chronically ill, she looked to doctors to alleviate her ailments.
In fact, honey was used to treat wounds up through World War II, and is still a treatment for various ailments in Africa, India and the Middle East.
Women, take note – you may be at particular risk for developing an all-too-common common ailment: low back pain.
Add Nutritional Punch Richly colored chiles are packed with a range of antioxidants, including vitamin A and vitamin C. These nutrients may aid in recovery and help stave off ailments such as Alzheimer's disease and cancer.
Mandela battles lung infection , a chronic ailment.
Military doctors are treating South Africa's former President Nelson Mandela for a recurring lung infection , an ailment the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader remains susceptible to because of his age and his 27 years in prison.
Jackson's ailments 'more serious' than ' initially believed'.
Jackson, receiving extended in-patient treatment, has long term "physical and emotional ailments".
No correlation can be drawn between health effects of cane burns and prescriptions for respiratory and eye ailments dispensed on the day of a cane burn.
IPad Use at UCLA Helps Patients Manage Chronic Intestinal Ailments.
He suffered a sprained AC joint in Week 12, but has been able to play with the ailment.
Beaumont's Kendrick Perkins is nursing a broken knee or some such ailment suffered at the hands of Tanya Harding (she was doing a favor for Kobe).
Kids Of Older Fathers Likelier To Have Genetic Ailments.
Nelson was listed as probable on the injury report with hamstring and foot ailments for Sunday's game.
Nobel Laureate Stanley Prusiner, a neurologist who discovered a class of infectious proteins that cause mad cow disease and related neurodegenerative ailments in animals and people, will present a free, public lecture Friday at UC Davis.

In science:

Mild cognitive impairment is considered as the leading ailment among the people above 65 years.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
For example, in the patient care case, a hypothesis can represent a possible ailment of a patient, which the domain vocabulary designates as the possible condition.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
Now, as we diagnosed the ailment, let us suggest a cure that does not require one to ”bend” good algorithms.
Why The Results of Parallel and Serial Monte Carlo Simulations May Differ
Having photon emission rates from QCD free from infrared instability ailments represented significant advancement and was at the time, thought to be the complete lowest order result.
Electromagnetic radiation from relativistic nuclear collisions