Illness - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɪlnəs|  American pronunciation of the word illness
Brit.  |ɪlnəs|  British pronunciation of the word illness


- impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism (syn: malady, sickness, unwellness)


Her body was not able to defend itself against illness.

Hundreds of soldiers died from illness and hunger.

He showed no signs of illness.

Scientists have not yet found a cure for this illness.

She died at the age of 60 after a brief illness.

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 illness.

Have you ever had any serious illnesses?

He died in hospital yesterday after a short illness.

Her husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness. (=doctors found that her husband had a terminal illness)

Stress can cause mental illness.

I've never missed a day's work through illness in my life.

The illness put her in the hospital for three days.

The illness affects less than one percent of the population.

Word forms

singular: illness
plural: illnesses
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