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dis·ease  (d-zz)
1. 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.
2. A condition or tendency, as of society, regarded as abnormal and harmful.
3. Obsolete Lack of ease; trouble.

[Middle English disese, from Old French : des-, dis- + aise, ease; see ease.]

disease  /dziz/  n. [C;U] 1 a sickness or serious disorder that is inherited or caused by infection or bad living conditions: Disease destroys many lives in poor parts of the world. 2 fig.an abnormal social condition: The love of money can spread like a disease.

Thesaurus: disease 1 illness, ailment, infirmity | disorder, syndrome. Ant. health. disease

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