sickness, disease, disorder, affliction, ailment, malady, complaint, infirmity, disability, indisposition, affection, Colloq bug:
His illness is serious but not contagious.
fatal, incurable, terminal | debilitating, life-threatening, major, serious, severe | minor | lingering, long, long-standing, long-term, prolonged | brief, short | final, last | acute, chronic | infectious | painful | depressive, mental, psychiatric, psychotic | psychosomatic | physical | respiratory | childhood
an acuteepisode of mental illness
VERB + ILLNESS
have, suffer (from)
Badly fed children suffer a lot of minor illnesses. people who suffer from mental illness
| contract, develop, get
He contracted a serious illness and died a month later.
| diagnose | treat
The drug is used to treat a wide range of illnesses.
illnesses caused by poverty
a drug that may be helpful in preventing illnesses such as cancer
| recover from | fight (off)
The immune system enables the body to fight off illness.
She feigned illness so that she wouldn't have to go to school.
| nurse sb through
She nursed her father through his final illness.
ILLNESS + VERB
Themystery illness affected hundredsof people in the city.
He's just returned towork after illness.
| because of/due to/through ~
earningslost due to illness
| with ~
peoplewith serious psychological illnesses
| ~ among
a high rate of illnessamong the workers
| ~ associated with
the illnessesassociated with HIV infection
| ~ in
episodes of illness in children
the onset of illness
thesudden onset of illness in a parent
| a smoking-/Aids-, etc. related illness
the most commonstress-related illnesses
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