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disease

noun uk   /dɪˈziːz/ us  
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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