Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Ailment'
n : an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for
complaining [syn: complaint, ill]
- Ailment \Ail"ment\, n.
Indisposition; morbid affection of the body; -- not applied
ordinarily to acute diseases. ``Little ailments.''
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Ailment'
A disease is an abnormal condition affecting the body of an organism. It is often construed to be a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and signs. It may be caused by external factors, such as infectious disease, or it may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as autoimmune diseases. In humans, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, and/or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections. Isolated symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories. A diseased body is quite often not only because of some dysfunction of a particular organ but can also be because of a state of mind of the affected person who is not at ease with a particular state of its body.[See more about Ailment at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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