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Meaning of “disease” in the English Dictionary

"disease" in British English

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diseasenoun

uk   us   /dɪˈziːz/
B1 [C or U] (an) ​illness of ​people, ​animals, ​plants, etc., ​caused by ​infection or a ​failure of ​healthrather 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 ​itsbody 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 ​treesdied 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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