Meaning of “disease” in the English Dictionary


"disease" in English

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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:

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)