diseased

adjective

dis·​eased di-ˈzēzd How to pronounce diseased (audio)
: affected with or as if with a disease : lacking health or soundness : sickly
During a transplant, the surgeon removes the diseased lung (sometimes both) and transplants a lung or lungs from a donor.Elaine K. Howley
Pruning is critical to blueberry productivity. An annual pruning regimen is needed to remove old and diseased canes, encourage strong new canes and increase the harvest.Sequim (Washington) Gazette
He said he occasionally has had to put an animal down if it is diseased or severely injured, but often works with animal rehabilitators to rescue others when possible.Sarah Bowman
Sirois believes that the confession from Hernandez, who has since pleaded not guilty, was the product of a diseased mind. Defense lawyers claim he's mentally ill, hears voices, and has rock-bottom intelligence.Andrea Peyser

Examples of diseased in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When pruning, discard any diseased material in the trash rather than the compost. Kim Toscano, Southern Living, 10 Jan. 2024 The crew saved every hardwood tree except one diseased black walnut. Page Leggett, Charlotte Observer, 1 Feb. 2024 If a diseased flower falls on the soil, remove it along with the surrounding soil and lay down some new soil. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 28 Jan. 2024 The institute also recently announced a partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the University of Washington to create a synthetic biology hub to better understand changes in both healthy and diseased cells over time. Jonathan Wosen, STAT, 3 Jan. 2024 Yet it must be understood that a mere change at the top will not alter the diseased university culture and intellectual dogma at places such as Harvard or the University of Pennsylvania. The Editors, National Review, 3 Jan. 2024 In people with cancer, that attack is aimed at the diseased cells. Markham Heid, TIME, 27 Dec. 2023 Prune and spray established deciduous fruit trees and roses Prune roses to remove dead and diseased branches and to stimulate flowering in spring. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Jan. 2024 This past year saw a rice shortage spurred by heavy rains and an Indian export ban, a sugar shortage just in time for the holiday season, and an orange shortage caused by diseased trees. Abby Wilson, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diseased was in the 15th century

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“Diseased.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diseased. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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