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noun illness pronunciation in American English /ˈɪlnəs/
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  1. [uncountable] the state of feeling sick 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 sick
      She had had no serious illnesses, and had never been in the hospital.
      My aunt died that spring after a long illness.
    2. b.
      [countable/uncountable] a serious mental problem
      More than three million people suffer from severe mental illness.
      depressive illnesses


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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