A physical or mental disorder, especially a mild illness.(noun)
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Use "ailment" in a sentence
"When someone seems so dissatisfied with life and just perpetually grumpy, this type of physical ailment is no surprise."
"Indeed, the failure to screen for this pervasive ailment is at best negligent and at worst tinged with the broad brush of racism."
"First, a few basics: the ailment is known as G6PD deficiency (for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase) and, according to a 2008 article in The Lancet, it "is the most common human enzyme defect, being present in more than 400 million people worldwide.""