disease

noun
dis·​ease | \ di-ˈzēz How to pronounce disease (audio) \

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 How to pronounce diseased (audio) \ 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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Tireless, immune to disease, not given to heavy partying, robots can build cars, brew venti lattes and even write short, humorous newspaper columns faster and more efficiently than humans. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Robots Will End Up Goofing Off Like the Rest of Us," 14 Mar. 2019 Liver disease, likely stemming from a long-ago blood transfusion, appeared suddenly, leaving Sharon with only six weeks to live after the diagnosis. courant.com, "Sharon E. Torrant," 8 July 2018 With coronary artery disease, plaque builds up and narrows the arteries, and in turn, interferes with blood flow to the heart, as the Mayo Clinic explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Healthy, Experienced Runner Had a Heart Attack During the New York City Marathon," 10 Dec. 2018 In 2012 my own mother lost her husband, my stepfather, to a lengthy and laborious battle with liver disease and soon found herself in a particular state of limbo. Seth Plattner, Glamour, "Jane Fonda: ‘I'm Not Apologizing for Being a Celebrity Anymore’," 17 Sep. 2018 Campbell died on August 8, 2017 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Glen Campbell's kids ask judge for more time to challenge his will in court," 6 Sep. 2018 This year’s event, which aired on TV for the first time on Friday, August 17, featured a special tribute to Nellie Mainor, an eight-year-old who was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Addresses the Widespread Impact of Her Kidney Transplant," 18 Aug. 2018 Harrison died last week after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Pawn Stars' Richard 'Old Man' Harrison Laid to Rest at Las Vegas Funeral," 2 July 2018 Unfortunately, many kinds of boxwoods are susceptible to an incurable fungal disease called boxwood blight. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "20 Best Boxwood Shrubs to Plant in Your Garden," 14 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce disease (audio) \

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 How to pronounce disease (audio) \

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 How to pronounce diseased (audio) \ adjective

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