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diseasenoun

uk   /dɪˈziːz/  us   /dɪˈziːz/
B1 [C or U] (an) illness of people, animals, plants, etc., caused by infection or a failure of health rather than by an accident: a contagious/infectious disease a common/rare/incurable/fatal disease They reported a sudden outbreak of the disease in the south of the country. The first symptom of the disease is a very high temperature. She has caught/contracted (= begun to have) a lung disease/disease of the lungs. Starvation and disease have killed thousands of refugees.
[C] something that is considered very bad in people or society: The real disease affecting the country is inflation.

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(Definition of disease from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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diseasenoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈziz/
a condition of a person, animal, or plant in which its body or structure is harmed because an organ or part is unable to work as it usually does; an illness: [C] Mumps is an infectious disease. [U] He suffers from heart disease. [U] Hundreds of thousands of trees died from Dutch elm disease.
(Definition of disease from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “disease”
in Korean 질병…
in Arabic مَرَض, عِلّة…
in Malaysian penyakit…
in French maladie…
in Russian болезнь, заболевание…
in Chinese (Traditional) 病,疾病, 病症, 惡疾…
in Italian malattia…
in Turkish hastalık, rahatsızlık…
in Polish choroba…
in Spanish enfermedad, mal…
in Vietnamese bệnh…
in Portuguese doença…
in Thai โรคภัยไข้เจ็บ…
in German die Krankheit…
in Catalan malaltia…
in Japanese 病気…
in Chinese (Simplified) 病,疾病, 病症, 恶疾…
in Indonesian penyakit…
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