(noun) An illness that is questioned or disputed by members of the medical field.
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- Plural: contested illnesses
- Word origin of “contest” and “illness” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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“contested illness.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 19 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/contested-illness/>.