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English Dictionary: disease by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
disease
n
  1. an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Disease \Dis*ease"\, n. [OE. disese, OF. desaise; des- (L. dis-)
      + aise ease. See {Ease}.]
      1. Lack of ease; uneasiness; trouble; vexation; disquiet.
            [Obs.]
  
                     So all that night they passed in great disease.
                                                                              --Spenser.
  
                     To shield thee from diseases of the world. --Shak.
  
      2. 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.
  
                     Diseases desperate grown, By desperate appliances
                     are relieved.                                    --Shak.
  
                     The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced
                     into the public counsels have, in truth, been the
                     mortal diseases under which popular governments have
                     every where perished.                        --Madison.
  
      {Disease germ}. See under {Germ}.
  
      Syn: Distemper; ailing; ailment; malady; disorder; sickness;
               illness; complaint; indisposition; affection. --
               {Disease}, {Disorder}, {Distemper}, {Malady},
               {Affection}. Disease is the leading medical term.
               Disorder mean[?] much the same, with perhaps some slight
               reference to an irregularity of the system. Distemper is
               now used by physicians only of the diseases of animals.
               Malady is not a medical term, and is less used than
               formerly in literature. Affection has special reference
               to the part, organ, or function disturbed; as, his
               disease is an affection of the lungs. A disease is
               usually deep-seated and permanent, or at least
               prolonged; a disorder is often slight, partial, and
               temporary; malady has less of a technical sense than the
               other terms, and refers more especially to the suffering
               endured. In a figurative sense we speak of a disease
               mind, of disordered faculties, and of mental maladies.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Disease \Dis*ease"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Diseased}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Diseasing}.]
      1. To deprive of ease; to disquiet; to trouble; to distress.
            [Obs.]
  
                     His double burden did him sore disease. --Spenser.
  
      2. To derange the vital functions of; to afflict with disease
            or sickness; to disorder; -- used almost exclusively in
            the participle diseased.
  
                     He was diseased in body and mind.      --Macaulay.
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