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  3  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
 
  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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  disease 
  n  :  an  impairment  of  health  or  a  condition  of  abnormal 
  functioning 




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