illness - definition and synonyms


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  1. [uncountable] the state of feeling ill or of having a disease

    He missed five days of school because of illness.

    patients who are recovering from major surgery or serious illness

    1. a.
      [countable] a particular disease, or a period of being ill

      She had had no serious illnesses, and had never been in hospital.

      My aunt died that spring after a long illness.