illness

  • 1 Illness — (sometimes referred to as ill health or ail) can be defined as a state of poor health. It is sometimes considered a synonym for disease. [DorlandsDict|four/000052397|illness] Others maintain that fine distinctions exist.cite journal |author=Emson …

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  • 2 Illness — Ill ness, n. [From {Ill}.] 1. The condition of being ill, evil, or bad; badness; unfavorableness. [Obs.] The illness of the weather. Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Disease; indisposition; malady; disorder of health; sickness; as, a short or a severe… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 illness — I noun affliction, ailing, ailment, complaint, defect, disability, disease, disorder, infirmity, malady, prostration, sickness associated concepts: mental illness, terminal illness, Unemployment Compensation, Workers Compensation Law II index …

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  • 4 illness — (n.) disease, sickness, 1680s, from ILL (Cf. ill) + NESS (Cf. ness). Earlier it meant bad moral quality (c.1500) …

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  • 5 illness — [n] disease; bad health affliction, ailing, ailment, attack, breakdown, bug*, collapse, complaint, confinement, convalescence, disability, diseasedness, disorder, disturbance, dose, failing health, fit, flu, ill health, indisposition, infirmity,… …

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  • 6 illness — ► NOUN ▪ a disease or period of sickness …

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  • 7 illness — [il′nis] n. 1. the condition of being ill, or in poor health; sickness; disease 2. Obs. wickedness …

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  • 8 illness — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ deadly, fatal, incurable, terminal ▪ catastrophic (AmE, law), critical, dangerous, debilitating, devastating …

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  • 9 illness — ill|ness W3S2 [ˈılnıs] n [U and C] a disease of the body or mind, or the condition of being ill ▪ She had all the normal childhood illnesses . ▪ I d been told I d been suffering from various illnesses . ▪ Her mother was just recovering from an… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 illness */*/*/ — UK [ˈɪlnəs] / US noun Word forms illness : singular illness plural illnesses Other ways of saying illness: disease a serious illness that usually lasts a long time, often one that affects a particular part of the body: tropical diseases ♦ She has …

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  • 11 illness*/*/*/ — [ˈɪlnəs] noun 1) [U] the state of feeling ill or having a disease He missed five days of school because of illness.[/ex] 2) [C] a particular disease, or a period of being ill a serious illness[/ex] • Other ways of saying illness ■ bug (informal)… …

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  • 12 illness — n. 1) to get over an illness 2) a fatal; grave, major, serious; incurable; lingering; slight; sudden; terminal; untreatable illness 3) mental illness * * * [ ɪlnɪs] grave incurable lingering major serious …

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  • 13 illness — [[t]ɪ̱lnəs[/t]] ♦♦♦ illnesses 1) N UNCOUNT Illness is the fact or experience of being ill. If your child shows any signs of illness, take her to the doctor... Mental illness is still a taboo subject. 2) N COUNT An illness is a particular disease… …

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  • 14 illness — ill|ness [ ılnəs ] noun *** uncount the state of feeling sick or having a disease: He missed five days of school because of illness. patients who are recovering from major surgery or serious illness a. count a particular disease, or a period of… …

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  • 15 illness — / Ilnis/ noun (C, U) a disease of the body or mind: She had all the normal childhood illnesses. | mental illness | serious illness: an insurance policy that guarantees an income in the event of serious illness | minor illness (=one that is not… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 illness — Sickness; disease. For some purposes inclusive of both severe and slight attacks, even attacks of a less grave and serious character than a disease. Connecticut Mut. Life Ins. Co. v Union Trust Co. 112 US 250, 259, 28 L Ed 708, 712, 5 S Ct 119.… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 17 illness — Sickness, disease or disorder of body or mind. In insurance law, a disease or ailment of such a character as to affect the general soundness and healthfulness of the system seriously, and not a mere temporary indisposition which does not tend to… …

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  • 19 illness — See health and illness, sociology of …

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  • 20 illness — noun more than fifty students have been diagnosed with the same illness Syn: sickness, disease, ailment, complaint, disorder, malady, affliction, indisposition; ill health, poor health, infirmity; infection, virus; informal bug; dated contagion… …

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