病(bìng)illness

Chinese name: 病

Pinyin: bìng

English name: illness

Imagery: a sick man staying in bed

History of radical: This radical is called illness and it is always placed to the top of a character. In oracle bones it is a picture of a sick man lying in bed. Characters with this radical relate to illness and disease.

For example:

  • 病(bìng): illness
  • 痛(tòng): painful
  • 疯(fēng): crazy

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