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Definition of "disease" []

  • A pathological condition of a part, organ, or system of an organism resulting from various causes, such as infection, genetic defect, or environmental stress, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs or symptoms. (noun)
  • A condition or tendency, as of society, regarded as abnormal and harmful. (noun)
  • Obsolete Lack of ease; trouble. (noun)
  • Any impairment of normal physiological function affecting all or part of an organism, esp a specific pathological change caused by infection, stress, etc, producing characteristic symptoms; illness or sickness in general (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A corresponding condition in plants (noun)
  • Any situation or condition likened to this (noun)

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Use "disease" in a sentence
  • "Read more about the Mediterranean dietĀ for lowering heart disease riskprotecting your mental healthlower cholesterol for people with heart diseaseĀ "
  • "Preventative care is a key component to avoiding heart disease, so below is a short but not comprehensive list of ways to lower your risk of heart disease*:"
  • "Adaptive Bleaching Hypothesis* satellite observations, and coral reef protection coral disease coral resistance to disease* ship groundings and anchor damage terrestrial runoff onto reefs threats to coral reefs other causes of coral decline"