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Infirmity Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    infirmity n : the state of being weak in health or body (especially from old age) [syn: frailty, debility, feebleness, frailness]
Infirmity Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Infirmity \In*firm"i*ty\, n.; pl. Infirmities. [L. infirmitas : cf. F. infirmite. See Infirm, a.]
  1. The state of being infirm; feebleness; an imperfection or weakness; esp., an unsound, unhealthy, or debilitated state; a disease; a malady; as, infirmity of body or mind. 'T is the infirmity of his age. --Shak.
  2. A personal frailty or failing; foible; eccentricity; a weakness or defect. Will you be cured of your infirmity ? --Shak. A friend should bear his friend's infirmities. --Shak. The house has also its infirmities. --Evelyn. Syn: Debility; imbecility; weakness; feebleness; failing; foible; defect; disease; malady. See Debility.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Infirmity'

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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* Laughter is nothing else but a sudden glory arising from some sudden conception of some eminency in ourselves, by comparison with the infirmity of others, or with our own formerly. - Thomas Hobbes

* It is the highest form of self-respect to admit our errors and mistakes and make amends for them. To make a mistake is only an error in judgment, but to adhere to it when it is discovered shows infirmity of character. - Dr. Dale E. Turner

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