What does disease mean?

Definitions for disease
dɪˈzizdis·ease

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. diseasenoun

    an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning

Wiktionary

  1. diseasenoun

    An abnormal condition of the body or mind that causes discomfort or dysfunction; distinct from injury insofar as the latter is usually instantaneously acquired.

    The tomato plants had some kind of disease that left their leaves splotchy and fruit withered.

  2. diseasenoun

    Any abnormal or harmful condition, as of society, people's attitudes, way of living etc.

  3. diseaseverb

    To cause unease; to annoy, irritate.

  4. diseaseverb

    To infect with a disease.

  5. Etymology: disese, from desese, from desaise (). Displaced native adle (from adl), cothe (from coþu).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DISEASEnoun

    Distemper; malady; sickness; morbid state.

    Etymology: dis and ease.

    What’s the disease he means?
    ———— ’Tis call’d the evil. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    It is idle to propose remedies before we are assured of the disease, or to be in pain ’till we are convinced of the danger. Jonathan Swift, Project for the Advancement of Religion.

    Then wasteful forth
    Walks the dire power of pestilent disease. James Thomson, Summer.

  2. To Diseaseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    We are all diseased,
    And with our surfeiting and wanton hours
    Have brought ourselves into a burning fever,
    And we must bleed for it. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.

    Flatt’rers yet wear silk, drink wine, lie soft,
    Hug their diseas’d perfumes, and have forgot
    That ever Timon was. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    Let her alone, lady: as she is now, she will but disease our better mirth. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    He was diseased in his feet. 1 Kings xv. 23.

    Though great light be insufferable to our eyes, yet the highest degree of darkness does not at all disease them. John Locke.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Diseasenoun

    lack of ease; uneasiness; trouble; vexation; disquiet

  2. Diseasenoun

    an alteration in the state of the body or of some of its organs, interrupting or disturbing the performance of the vital functions, and causing or threatening pain and weakness; malady; affection; illness; sickness; disorder; -- applied figuratively to the mind, to the moral character and habits, to institutions, the state, etc

  3. Diseaseverb

    to deprive of ease; to disquiet; to trouble; to distress

  4. Diseaseverb

    to derange the vital functions of; to afflict with disease or sickness; to disorder; -- used almost exclusively in the participle diseased

Freebase

  1. Disease

    A disease is an abnormal condition that affects the body of an organism. It is often construed as a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and signs. It may be caused by factors originally from an external source, such as infectious disease, or it may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as autoimmune diseases. In humans, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections, isolated symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories. Diseases usually affect people not only physically, but also emotionally, as contracting and living with many diseases can alter one's perspective on life, and their personality. Death due to disease is called death by natural causes. There are four main types of disease: pathogenic disease, deficiency disease, hereditary disease, and physiological disease. Diseases can also be classified as communicable and non-communicable disease.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disease

    diz-ēz′, n. a disorder or want of health in mind or body: ailment: cause of pain.—v.t. (Spens.) to make uneasy.—p.adj. Diseased′, affected with disease.—n. Diseas′edness.—adj. Disease′ful. [O. Fr. desaise, des—L. dis, neg., aise, ease.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Disease

    A definite pathologic process with a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. It may affect the whole body or any of its parts, and its etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disease' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1112

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disease' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2750

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disease' in Nouns Frequency: #409

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disease in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disease in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of disease in a Sentence

  1. William Schaffner:

    People were focused on classical underlying conditions, like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes -- I think that was principally the mindset of my colleagues.

  2. Sally Yates:

    Until we can talk about mental illness with the same kind of ease that we talk about heart disease or kidney disease.

  3. Paul Stoffels:

    The crisis in the world is so big that each of us will have to take maximum risk now to put this disease to a stop.

  4. Heather Snyder:

    It's actually really more of your overall diet and overall lifestyle that is linked to cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk, and we do know that heart disease and diabetes are linked to an increased risk of dementia.

  5. Emilio DeBess:

    Many people think of the plague as a disease of the past, but it's still very much present in our environment, particularly among wildlife, fortunately, plague remains a rare disease, but people need to take appropriate precautions with wildlife and their pets to keep it that way.

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