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Ailment vs. Disease

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Wikipedia
  • Ailment (noun)

    Something which ails one; a disease; sickness.

  • Disease (noun)

    An abnormal condition of a human, animal or plant that causes discomfort or dysfunction; distinct from injury insofar as the latter is usually instantaneously acquired.

    "The tomato plants had some kind of disease that left their leaves splotchy and fruit withered."

  • Disease (noun)

    Any abnormal or harmful condition, as of society, people's attitudes, way of living etc.

  • Disease (noun)

    Lack of ease; uneasiness; trouble; vexation; disquiet.

  • Disease (verb)

    To cause unease; to annoy, irritate.

  • Disease (verb)

    To infect with a disease.

Wiktionary
  • Ailment (noun)

    an illness, typically a minor one

    "the doctor diagnosed a common stomach ailment"

  • Disease (noun)

    a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury

    "heart disease"

    "bacterial meningitis is quite a rare disease"

  • Disease (noun)

    a particular quality or disposition regarded as adversely affecting a person or group of people

    "we are suffering from the British disease of self-deprecation"

Oxford Dictionary
  • Ailment (noun)

    Indisposition; morbid affection of the body; - not applied ordinarily to acute diseases.

  • Disease (noun)

    Lack of ease; uneasiness; trouble; vexation; disquiet.

  • Disease (noun)

    An alteration in the state of the body or of some of its organs, interrupting or disturbing the performance of the vital functions, and causing or threatening pain and weakness; malady; affection; illness; sickness; disorder; - applied figuratively to the mind, to the moral character and habits, to institutions, the state, etc.

  • Disease

    To deprive of ease; to disquiet; to trouble; to distress.

  • Disease

    To derange the vital functions of; to afflict with disease or sickness; to disorder; - used almost exclusively in the participle diseased.

Webster Dictionary
  • Ailment (noun)

    an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining

  • Disease (noun)

    an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning

Princeton's WordNet

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