illness

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. sickness, disease.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The state of being sick]
Syn. sickness, poor health, failing health, ailing, ill health, infirmity, queasiness, vomiting, indisposition, malaise, disorder, relapse, attack, fit, seizure, convalescence, complaint, delicate health, sickliness, unhealthiness, invalidism, decrepitude, collapse, breakdown, confinement, prostration, disability, disturbance, hypochondria, valetudinarianism; see also weakness 1 .
2. [A particular disease]
Syn. sickness, ailment, malady; see disease , insanity 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
sickness, affliction, disorder, malady, ailment, disease, infirmity, syndrome, indisposition, poor health, complaint, *bug, virus. ''A great leveler. At its touch, the artificial distinctions of society vanish away.''— Max Thorek.
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. The condition of being sick: affliction, disorder, indisposition, infirmity, sickness. See HEALTH. 2. A pathological condition of mind or body: ailment, complaint, disease, disorder, ill, infirmity, malady, sickness. See HEALTH.

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