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SICKNESS. By sickness is understood any affection of the body which deprives it temporarily of the power to fulfill its usual functions.
     2. Sickness is either such as affects the body generally, or only some parts of it. Of the former class, a fever is an example; of the latter, blindness. When a process has been issued against an individual for his arrest, the sheriff or other officer is authorized, after he has arrested him, if he be so dangerously sick, that to remove him would endanger his life or health, to let him remain where he found him, and to return the facts at large, or simply languidus. (q.v.)

References in classic literature ?
For those that put their bodies to endure in health, may in most sicknesses, which are not very sharp, be cured only with diet, and tendering.
She is one of those people who seem to take a gruesome pleasure in detailing all their many aches and pains and sicknesses.
And, because we ate not enough, strange sicknesses came among us and we died like flies.