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UK 19th century. Latin aegrotat, literally “he/she is ill”, third-person singular present active indicative form of aegrōtō.


  • IPA(key): /ˈʌɪ.ɡɹəʊˌtæt/, /ˈiː.ɡɹəʊˌtæt/


aegrotat (plural aegrotats)

  1. (Britain, dated) A certificate indicating that a student is ill, excusing attendance at lectures and examinations and allowing courses to be passed without finishing the work.
    • 1864, Babbage, Charles, “Cambridge”, in Passages from the Life of a Philosopher[1], page 37:
      I sent my servant to the apothecary for a thing called an ægrotat, which I understood, for I never saw one, meant a certificate that I was indisposed, and that it would be injurious to my health to attend chapel, or hall, or lectures. This was forwarded to the college authorities.
  2. (Britain) An unclassified degree awarded to such a student.
    • 2018, “Aegrotat and Posthumous Awards”, in Academic Quality Handbook[2], Aberystwyth University, retrieved 2018-04-19:
      Aegrotat and posthumous awards will normally be considered only when no interim award is available, no degree award may be made within the regulations, and the student is/was close to completion of the award.

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  1. third-person singular present active indicative of aegrōtō