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What does disease mean?


Disease is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

  1. an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning

Alternative definition


  1. [pathology] An abnormal condition of the body or mind that causes discomfort or dysfunction; distinct from injury insofar as the latter is usually instantaneously acquired.
  2. [by extension] Any abnormal or harmful condition, as of society, people's attitudes, way of living etc.


  1. [obsolete] To cause unease; to annoy, irritate.
  2. To infect with a disease.

Phrases with disease

  1. eye disease
  2. Meb Disease
  3. tin disease
  4. leaf disease
  5. loco disease
  6. lyme disease
  7. pink disease
  8. ring disease
  9. skin disease
  10. wilt disease
  11. black disease
  12. blood disease
  13. brain disease
  14. Fifth Disease
  15. gland disease
  16. heart disease
  17. kakke disease
  18. liver disease
  19. plant disease
  20. sachs disease

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  1. "Disease" is the first single from Matchbox Twenty's third album...
  2. "Disease" is the second studio album by the industrial/horror techno band G.G.F.H.. This album saw the band take a more techno approach, pushing aside the sludgier sound of their earlier material. The album features three of the tracks recorded for the Reality EP, (Room 213, Dead Men Don’t Rape, Real), albeit in a more techno-inspired form.
    • artist: G.G.F.H.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  3. "Disease" is a musical album of Regenerator.
    • released in (8 years ago)

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for disease

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Google previewOxford Desk Reference: Cardiology (2011)

by Hung-Fat Tse, Gregory Y. Lip, Andrew J. Stewart Coats

Aortic root disease is a common finding in ankylosing spondylitis; it produces aortic root dilation and valve regurgitation. Cardiac conduction disease is observed in these diseases, mainly AV node block. Atrial fibrillation frequency is also ...

Google previewAnnual and Analytical Cyclopædia of Practical Medicine (1899)

by Charles Eucharist de Medicis Sajous

The disease is a widely-distributed derangement of the emotional nervous system, but alteration in function of the thyroid has much to do with many...

Google previewTarascon Pocket Rheumatologica (2009)

by Andrew Thompson

DEFINITION & PATHOPHYSIOLOGY Definition: Lyme disease is a multi-system inflammatory disorder that occurs in stages. It is caused by the tick-borne spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Pathophysiology: It is unknown how Borrelia burgdorferi ...

Google previewGregory's Pediatric Anesthesia (2011)

by George A. Gregory, Dean B. Andropoulos

disease. Blount disease is a growth disorder of the medial aspect of the...

Google previewMy Physician Guide to Heart Health (2011)

by Courtney Cumbart

Heart disease is a serious threat to human health because the cardiovascular system is of critical importance in the...

Google previewThe Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia Eat Right 4 Your Type (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people over the age of 45 living in the United States. Each day, 4,100 Americans suffer a heart attack; while hundreds of thousands survive, they are left with a damaged heart. Some 7 million ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Infectious Diseases (2007)

by Carol Turkington, Bonnie Ashby

The sobering realization is that science is not winning the fight against infectious disease. In this pathogenic war, a stalemate is perhaps the best for which we can hope, for even as drug companies devise new antibiotics, stronger antivirals, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Medical Anthropology (2003)

Health and Illness in the World's Cultures Topics - Volume 1; Cultures - by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

Cardiovascular disease, as a general term, refers to any pathology of the cardiovascular system, which would include diseases of the heart as well as vascular disease affecting other parts of the body (such as stroke). Medical anthropologists ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia medica (1902)

A portion of the thyroid, generally one lobe, has been removed a good many times on the theory that Graves' disease was due to functional over-activity of the thyroid gland. Some of these ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stem Cell Research (2008)

by Clive N. Svendsen, Allison D. Ebert

Batten Disease is a rare but fatal neurodegenerative disease that affects children and for which no treatment exists, other than possible future stem cell research treatments. The disease is named after the British physician Frederick Batten, ...

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Quotes about disease

Life is a disease; and the only diference between one another is the stage of the disease at which he lives. (George Bernard Shaw)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1E1A1S1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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