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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But disease-causing viruses aren’t always easy to corral, and attempts to use them to activate the immune system against things other than fellow bacteria and viruses — including cancer, for example — have not been so successful. Alice Park, Time, "Polio Virus Could Help Treat Brain Cancer. Here's How," 26 June 2018 In addition to disease-causing bacteria and even carcinogens, Flint's drinking water was loaded with lead. CBS News, "The Flint water crisis: A loss of trust," 17 June 2018 According to a press release, the results suggest that the scenarios rated most disgusting were related to the historically most threatening disease-causing scenarios. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Disgusting Things Fall Into Six Gross Categories," 8 June 2018 Still, few studies have looked specifically at the role these anti-cancer medications might have in people with disease that has spread to the brain. Alice Park, Time, "There's More Good News About Immune Therapies for Cancer," 12 July 2018 But living with the disease is not normal, say some who have HIV. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Living with HIV: Fueled by heroin, HIV makes an alarming resurgence in Cincinnati," 11 July 2018 Researchers have identified a turtle-specific herpes virus associated with the disease. Jessica Alice Farrell, Smithsonian, "Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?," 11 July 2018 The development of coronary care units promises a profound change in the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease. Daniel C. Schlenoff, Scientific American, "“Foul Treachery” of Trotsky and Lenin in 1918; Phineas Gage’s Brain in 1868," 13 July 2018 For drugs to treat diseases such as smallpox, which cannot ethically be tested in people by infecting them on purpose, the FDA has special rules. NBC News, "Now there's a drug to treat smallpox, just in case," 13 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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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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