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disease

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noun dis·ease \di-ˈzēz\

Simple Definition of disease

  • : an illness that affects a person, animal, or plant : a condition that prevents the body or mind from working normally

  • : a problem that a person, group, organization, or society has and cannot stop

Full Definition of disease

  1. 1 obsolete :  trouble

  2. 2 :  a condition of the living animal or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms :  sickness, malady

  3. 3 :  a harmful development (as in a social institution)

dis·eased play \-ˈzēzd\ adjective

Examples of disease

  1. He suffers from a rare genetic disease.

  2. a disease of the mind

  3. Thousands die of heart disease each year.

  4. They are working to stop the spread of disease in rural areas.

  5. The article cites intolerance as one of the most dangerous of society's diseases.

  6. He sees crime as a disease that too often plagues the poor and disadvantaged.



Origin of disease

Middle English disese, from Anglo-French desease, desaise, from des- dis- + eise ease


First Known Use: 14th century



DISEASED Defined for Kids

diseased

adjective dis·eased \-ˈzēzd\

Definition of diseased

  1. :  having a sickness




Medical Dictionary

disease

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noun dis·ease \diz-ˈēz\

Medical Definition of disease

  1. :  an impairment of the normal state of the living animal or plant body or one of its parts that interrupts or modifies the performance of the vital functions, is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms, and is a response to environmental factors (as malnutrition, industrial hazards, or climate), to specific infective agents (as worms, bacteria, or viruses), to inherent defects of the organism (as genetic anomalies), or to combinations of these factors :  sickness, illness—called also morbus; compare health 1

  2. dis·eased \-ˈēzd\play adjective





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