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Infirm Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    infirm adj
  1. confined to bed (by illness) [syn: bedfast, bedridden, bedrid, sick-abed]
  2. lacking physical strength or vitality; "a feeble old woman"; "her body looked sapless" [syn: decrepit, debile, feeble, sapless, weak, weakly]
  3. lacking firmness of will or character or purpose; "infirm of purpose; give me the daggers" - Shakespeare
  4. weak and feeble; "I'm feeling seedy today" [syn: debilitated, enfeebled, seedy]
Infirm Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Infirm \In*firm"\, v. t. [L. infirmare : cf. F. infirmer.] To weaken; to enfeeble. [Obs.] --Sir W. Raleigh.
Infirm Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Infirm \In*firm"\ ([i^]n*f[~e]rm"), a. [L. infirmus: cf. F. infirme. See In- not, and Firm, a.]
  1. Not firm or sound; weak; feeble; as, an infirm body; an infirm constitution. A poor, infirm, weak, and despised old man. --Shak.
  2. Weak of mind or will; irresolute; vacillating. ``An infirm judgment.'' --Burke. Infirm of purpose! --Shak.
  3. Not solid or stable; insecure; precarious. He who fixes on false principles treads or infirm ground. --South. Syn: Debilitated; sickly; feeble; decrepit; weak; enfeebled; irresolute; vacillating; imbecile.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Infirm'

Illness (sometimes referred to as ill-health or ailment) is a state of poor health. Illness is sometimes considered a synonym for disease.

The mode of being healthy includes, as defined by the World Health Organization, " When these conditions are not fulfilled, then one can be considered to have an illness or be ill. Medication and the science of pharmacology is used to cure or reduce symptoms of an illness or medical conditions. Developmental disability is a term used to describe severe, life-long disabilities attributable to mental and/or physical impairments.

Conditions of the body or mind that cause pain, dysfunction, or distress to the person afflicted or those in contact with the person can be deemed an illness. Sometimes the term is used broadly to include injuries, disabilities, syndromes, infections, symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts these may be considered distinguishable categories. A pathogen or infectious agent is a biological agent that causes disease or illness to its host. A passenger virus is a virus that simply hitchhikes in the body of a person or infects the body without causing symptoms, illness or disease. Foodborne illness or food poisoning is any illness resulting from the consumption of food contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, toxins, viruses, prions or parasites.

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