disease

noun
dis·​ease | \ di-ˈzēz \

Definition of disease

1 : 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 infectious diseases a rare genetic disease heart disease
2 : a harmful development (as in a social institution) sees the city's crime as a disease
3 obsolete : trouble

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Other Words from disease

diseased \ -​ˈzēzd \ adjective

Examples of disease in a Sentence

He suffers from a rare genetic disease. a disease of the mind Thousands die of heart disease each year. They are working to stop the spread of disease in rural areas. The article cites intolerance as one of the most dangerous of society's diseases. He sees crime as a disease that too often plagues the poor and disadvantaged.
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These discoveries offer a glimpse into a terrified society swept by a deadly, unknown disease. Kristine Phillips, The Seattle Times, "Archaeologists find ‘vampire burial’ site of a child feared capable of rising from the dead," 26 Oct. 2018 The supermodel revealed in December 2016 she was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, which affects the thyroid gland. Fox News, "Gigi Hadid fires back at body-shaming 'trolls' calling her 'too skinny,' opens up about Hashimoto's disease," 2 Oct. 2018 If dry mouth isn't the problem, have your dentist do a thorough checkup to rule out any dental health issues, like gum disease, which Boghosian says can be caused by plaque. Samantha Lefave, Redbook, "Why You Should Never Ignore Sweet-Smelling Urine (or These Other Body Odors)," 3 Aug. 2018 Then Tyce, who is nearly blind from a progressive eye disease, put on a blindfold for a final trick—but ended up not being able to hold on to Mary’s legs during the stunt. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges Were Shocked When a Couple's Trapeze Act Went Dangerously Wrong," 18 July 2018 Grapes are susceptible to insects and diseases, such as caterpillars and fungus. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Trip to Bordeaux wine country is an educational experience," 13 July 2018 This suggests that our perceptions of our lives determine not only our risk of addiction, overdose, and chronic disease, but also our biological age. Clay Marsh, STAT, "Facing deaths of despair from the depths of despair in West Virginia," 12 July 2018 Those common cups were condemned as a source of much death and disease in American cities, but disposable cups were incredibly expensive at the time. Emelyn Rude, Time, "The Backlash Against Plastic Straws Is Spreading. Here’s How They Got So Popular in the First Place," 12 July 2018 Some diseases, such as verticillium wilt and Dutch elm disease, interfere with the flow of water within a tree’s trunk and branches, cutting off the water supply to the leaves and leading to leaf scorch. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Brown leaves in summer probably signal scorched plants," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of disease

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for disease

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

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The first known use of disease was in the 14th century

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disease

noun

English Language Learners 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

disease

noun
dis·​ease | \ di-ˈzēz \

Kids Definition of disease

: a change in a living body (as of a person or plant) that prevents it from functioning normally : sickness

disease

noun
dis·​ease | \ diz-ˈēz \

Medical Definition of disease

: 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 sense 1

Other Words from disease

diseased \ -​ˈēzd \ adjective

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