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disease

noun uk   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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in Arabic مَرَض, عِلّة…
in Korean 질병…
in Malaysian penyakit…
in French maladie…
in Turkish hastalık, rahatsızlık…
in Italian malattia…
in Chinese (Traditional) 病,疾病, 病症, 惡疾…
in Russian болезнь, заболевание…
in Polish choroba…
in Vietnamese bệnh…
in Spanish enfermedad, mal…
in Portuguese doença…
in Thai โรคภัยไข้เจ็บ…
in German die Krankheit…
in Catalan malaltia…
in Japanese 病気…
in Indonesian penyakit…
in Chinese (Simplified) 病,疾病, 病症, 恶疾…
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