illness


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ill·ness

 (ĭl′nĭs)
n.
1.
a. Poor health resulting from disease of body or mind; sickness.
b. A disease.
2. Obsolete
a. The quality of being disagreeable or unpleasant.
b. Evil; wickedness.

illness

(ˈɪlnɪs)
n
1. a disease or indisposition; sickness
2. a state of ill health
3. obsolete wickedness

ill•ness

(ˈɪl nɪs)

n.
1. unhealthy condition; poor health; indisposition; sickness.
2. Obs. wickedness.
[1490–1500]

illness

  • accession - Can be the "onset of illness or a powerful feeling."
  • allopathy, homeopathy - Allopathy is treatment to suppress the symptoms of illness using the principle of opposites, while homeopathy encourages, rather than suppresses, the body's reaction to an illness.
  • idiopathic disease - An illness of unknown cause.
  • languor - Any distressed condition, such as illness, sorrow, fatigue, etc.

illness

disease
1. 'illness'

If you have an illness, there is something wrong with your health. An illness can last for a long time or a short time, and its effects can be serious or not serious.

The doctor thought that Bae's illness was caused by stress.

You can use the adjectives long and short in front of illness, but not in front of disease.

He died last month after a long illness.
2. 'disease'

A disease is a particular kind of illness caused by bacteria or an infection. Diseases can often be passed from one person to another.

Glaucoma is an eye disease.
Children should be immunised against dangerous diseases.

Animals and plants can also have diseases, but not illnesses.

Scrapie is a disease that affects sheep.
The trees were killed by Dutch Elm disease.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.illness - impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organismillness - impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
condition - an illness, disease, or other medical problem; "a heart condition"; "a skin condition"
health problem, ill health, unhealthiness - a state in which you are unable to function normally and without pain
ague - a fit of shivering or shaking
amyloidosis - a disorder characterized by deposit of amyloid in organs or tissues; often secondary to chronic rheumatoid arthritis or tuberculosis or multiple myeloma
anuresis, anuria - inability to urinate
catastrophic illness - severe illness requiring prolonged hospitalization or recovery; usually involves high costs for hospitals and doctors and medicines
collapse, prostration - an abrupt failure of function or complete physical exhaustion; "the commander's prostration demoralized his men"
bends, caisson disease, decompression sickness, gas embolism, aeroembolism, air embolism - pain resulting from rapid change in pressure
food poisoning, gastrointestinal disorder - illness caused by poisonous or contaminated food
lead poisoning, plumbism, saturnism - toxic condition produced by the absorption of excessive lead into the system
disease - an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
hypermotility - excessive movement; especially excessive motility of the gastrointestinal tract
indisposition - a slight illness
ozone sickness - illness that can occur to persons exposed to ozone in high-altitude aircraft; characterized by sleepiness and headache and chest pains and itchiness
toxaemia, toxaemia of pregnancy, toxemia, toxemia of pregnancy - an abnormal condition of pregnancy characterized by hypertension and edema and protein in the urine
growth - (pathology) an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as in a tumor)
health, wellness - a healthy state of wellbeing free from disease; "physicians should be held responsible for the health of their patients"

illness

noun sickness, ill health, malaise, attack, disease, complaint, infection, disorder, bug (informal), disability, ailment, affliction, poor health, malady, infirmity, indisposition, lurgy (informal) She returned to her family home to recover from an illness.

illness

noun
1. The condition of being sick:
2. A pathological condition of mind or body:
Translations
دَاءٌمَرَض، سُقْـم
nemoc
sygdom
malsano
sairaus
bolest
betegség
veikindi
病気
liga
sjukdomsykdom
boală
nemoc
bolezen
sjukdom
ความเจ็บป่วย
sự đau ốm

illness

[ˈɪlnɪs] Nenfermedad f, dolencia f (more frm)
illness prevented her goinguna enfermedad le impidió asistir
see also mental

illness

[ˈɪlnɪs] nmaladie f

illness

nKrankheit f

illness

[ˈɪlnɪs] nmalattia

ill

(il) comparative worse (wəːs) : superlative worst (wəːst) adjective
1. not in good health; not well. She was ill for a long time.
2. bad. ill health; These pills have no ill effects.
3. evil or unlucky. ill luck.
adverb
not easily. We could ill afford to lose that money.
noun
1. evil. I would never wish anyone ill.
2. trouble. all the ills of this world.
ill-
badly. ill-equipped; ill-used.
ˈillness noun
a state or occasion of being unwell. There is a lot of illness in the village just now; childhood illnesses.
ˌill-at-ˈease adjective
uncomfortable; embarrassed. She feels ill-at-ease at parties.
ˌill-ˈfated adjective
ending in, or bringing, disaster. an ill-fated expedition.
ˌill-ˈfeeling noun
(an) unkind feeling (towards another person). The two men parted without any ill-feeling(s).
ˌill-ˈmannered / ˌill-ˈbred adjective
having bad manners. He's an ill-mannered young man.
ˌill-ˈtempered / ˌill-ˈnatured adjective
having or showing bad temper. Don't be so ill-natured just because you're tired.
ˌill-ˈtreat verb
to treat badly or cruelly. She often ill-treated her children.
ˌill-ˈtreatment noun
ˌill-ˈuse (-ˈjuːz) verb
to ill-treat.
ˌill-ˈwill noun
unkind feeling. I bear you no ill-will.
be taken ill
to become ill. He was taken ill at the party and was rushed to hospital.
ill means unwell: He was very ill when he had pneumonia .
sick means vomiting or inclined to vomit: He was sick twice in the car ; I feel sick .

illness

دَاءٌ nemoc sygdom Krankheit αρρώστια enfermedad sairaus maladie bolest malattia 病気 ziekte sykdom choroba doença болезнь sjukdom ความเจ็บป่วย hastalık sự đau ốm 疾病

ill·ness

n. enfermedad, dolencia.

illness

n enfermedad f, mal m; mental — enfermedad mental; occupational — enfermedad profesional or ocupacional; present — enfermedad actual
References in classic literature ?
Meg stayed at home, lest she should infect the Kings, and kept house, feeling very anxious and a little guilty when she wrote letters in which no mention was made of Beth's illness.
The condition that had brought her to him passed in an illness, but she was like one who has discovered the sweetness of the twisted apples, she could not get her mind fixed again upon the round perfect fruit that is eaten in the city apartments.
When he was three weeks old, he had an illness which left him totally blind.
Merriman, to say that the card party was postponed on account of the illness of one of her children.
Flora was so markedly feverish that an illness was perhaps at hand; she had passed a night of extreme unrest, a night agitated above all by fears that had for their subject not in the least her former, but wholly her present, governess.
There seemed no sign of common bodily illness about him, nor of the recovery from any.
It was yet an hour before the station house would open, and Jurgis had no overcoat--and was weak from a long illness.
Cassy kept her room and bed, on pretext of illness, during the whole time they were on Red river; and was waited on, with obsequious devotion, by her attendant.
After some affectionate interchanges, and some account of my late illness, I said:
We were seized for the debts occasioned by their illness and their funerals, and placed among the attractions of a cheap museum in Berlin to earn the liquidation money.
Tom got about, a little, on Thursday, was down-town Friday, and nearly as whole as ever Saturday; but Becky did not leave her room until Sunday, and then she looked as if she had passed through a wasting illness.
I was not al- lowed to be present during her illness, at her death, or burial.