disease Definition

a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.

Using disease: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "disease" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was diagnosed with a rare disease.

  • Example

    Malaria is a common disease in tropical regions.

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    The disease spread rapidly throughout the population.

  • Example

    She has been suffering from heart disease for years.

disease Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for disease

Idioms Using disease

  • a mental illness or disorder


    Depression is a disease of the mind that can be treated with therapy and medication.

  • a spiritual or moral affliction, such as guilt, shame, or despair


    Addiction can be seen as a disease of the soul, as it often stems from deep emotional pain and trauma.

  • a disease that is associated with modern lifestyles and technological advancements, such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease


    Many experts believe that stress is a disease of civilization, caused by the fast pace of modern life.

Phrases with disease

  • a disease caused by pathogenic microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi; the diseases can be spread, directly or indirectly, from one person to another


    Measles is an infectious disease that spreads easily among children.

  • a disease that persists for a long time and often causes gradual deterioration of health


    Diabetes is a chronic disease that requires careful management and monitoring.

  • lifestyle diseases

    diseases that are caused by unhealthy behaviors and lifestyle choices, such as smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, and excessive alcohol consumption


    Obesity, heart disease, and stroke are all examples of lifestyle diseases.

Origins of disease

from Old French 'desaise', meaning 'lack of ease'


Summary: disease in Brief

The term 'disease' [dɪˈziːz] refers to a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, producing specific signs or symptoms. It spans contexts from infectious diseases like measles, to chronic diseases like diabetes, and lifestyle diseases like obesity. 'Disease' extends into idioms like 'a disease of the mind,' denoting mental illness, and 'a disease of civilization,' referring to diseases associated with modern lifestyles.

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