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English definition of “attack”

attack

noun [C] (ILLNESS)    /əˈtæk/
a sudden and short period of illness : an attack of asthma / flu / malaria figurative an attack of the giggles Disease and illness - general words
(Definition of attack noun (ILLNESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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