• I've had a lot of diseases in my time
    I've had a lot of diseases in my time
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n disease an impairment of health or a condition of abnormal functioning
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every day 2,700 people die of heart disease
    • Disease An alteration in the state of the body or of some of its organs, interrupting or disturbing the performance of the vital functions, and causing or threatening pain and weakness; malady; affection; illness; sickness; disorder; -- applied figuratively to the mind, to the moral character and habits, to institutions, the state, etc. "Diseases desperate grown,
      By desperate appliances are relieved."
      "The instability, injustice, and confusion introduced into the public counsels have, in truth, been the mortal diseases under which popular governments have every where perished."
    • Disease Lack of ease; uneasiness; trouble; vexation; disquiet. "So all that night they passed in great disease .""To shield thee from diseases of the world."
    • Disease To deprive of ease; to disquiet; to trouble; to distress. "His double burden did him sore disease ."
    • Disease To derange the vital functions of; to afflict with disease or sickness; to disorder; -- used almost exclusively in the participle diseased. "He was diseased in body and mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The incidents of immune system diseases has increased over 200% in the last five years
    • n disease Lack or absence of ease; uneasiness; pain; distress; trouble; discomfort.
    • n disease In pathology: In general, a morbid, painful or otherwise distressing physical condition, acute or chronic, which may result either in death or in a more or loss complete return to health; deviation from the healthy or normal condition of any of the functions or tissues of the body.
    • n disease Specifically— An individual case of such a morbid condition; the complex series of pathological conditions causally related to one another exhibited by one person during one period of illness; an attack of sickness.
    • n disease A special class of morbid conditions grouped together as exhibiting the same or similar phenomena (symptoms, course, result), as affecting the same organs, or as due to the same causes: as, the diseases of the lungs, as pneumonia, consumption; the diseases of the brain. The forms of expression used in reference to cases of disease are largely framed on the old fanciful conception of them as substantive things entering into and possessing for the time being the person of the patient.
    • n disease Any disorder or depraved condition or element, moral, mental, social, or political.
    • n disease Certain inflammatory conditions of joints attendant on locomotor ataxia.
    • n disease See the adjectives.
    • disease To make uneasy; pain; distress.
    • disease To affect with disease; make ill; disorder the body or mind of: used chiefly or only in the passive voice or the past participle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The oldest known disease in the world is leprosy
    • n Disease diz-ēz′ a disorder or want of health in mind or body: ailment: cause of pain
    • v.t Disease (Spens.) to make uneasy
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  • Baron William Henry Beveridge
    Baron William Henry Beveridge
    “Want is one only of five giants on the road of reconstruction; the others are Disease, Ignorance, Squalor, and Idleness.”
  • Edward Dyson
    Edward Dyson
    “The worst of all diseases is a nervous ability.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “All diseases run into one. Old age.”
  • Georg Groddeck
    Georg Groddeck
    “Disease is a vital expression of the human organism.”
  • Hippocrates
    “Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease”
  • John Ray
    John Ray
    “Diseases are the tax on pleasures.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. disese, OF. desaise,; des-,L. dis-,) + aise, ease. See Ease


In literature:

Of other diseases we have mentioned measles and whooping cough, as diseases that are only too easily succeeded by consumption.
"Prof. Koch's Method to Cure Tuberculosis Popularly Treated" by Max Birnbaum
The same causes for disease exist in Ohio as in Missouri, in Michigan as in Illinois, in Kentucky and Tennessee as in Indiana.
"A New Guide for Emigrants to the West" by J. M. Peck
From about 1870 onwards the "germ theory of disease" has passed into acceptance.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
This is a disease of dark eyes only, as the cataract is a disease of light eyes only.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Thus are abundantly sown in early life the fruitful seeds of disease and premature death.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
"Outlines of Dairy Bacteriology, 8th edition" by H. L. Russell
For this reason the careful physician always examines the ear in doubtful cases of children's diseases.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)" by Various
A similar disease prevailed in this island in 1775, after a long dry season.
"Letters on the Cholera Morbus." by James Gillkrest
Just one example will show the importance of knowing whether a disease is contagious or infectious.
"Insects and Diseases" by Rennie W. Doane
A particular challenge to which early Jamestown almost succumbed was disease.
"Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Thomas P. Hughes

In poetry:

Name me no names for my disease,
With uninforming breath;
I tell you I am none of these,
But homesick unto death --
"Hills Of Home" by Witter Bynner
It makes the young man poison all
The tissues of her system,
And various diseases make
This maid their deathly victim.
"Strong Drink" by Frank Barbour Coffin
And almost everyone when age,
Disease, or sorrows strike him,
Inclines to think there is a God,
Or something very like Him.
"There Is No God, the Wicked Sayeth" by Arthur Hugh Clough
Disease and pain invade our health
And find an easy prey;
And oft, when least expected, wealth
Takes wings and flies away.
"Vanity Of Life" by John Newton
And it was not disease or crime
Which got him landed there,
But because They laid on My Mother's Son
More than a man could bear.
"The Mother's Son" by Rudyard Kipling
'But all the Indies, with their wealth,
And earth, and air, and seas,
Will never quench the sickly thirst,
And craving of disease.
"A Tale" by John Logan

In news:

Diseases come and diseases go—which, when you think about it, they really shouldn't.
The disease , called Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease , is spread by flies called midges.
Tuckson also noted increases in chronic diseases like hypertension, which now affects 30 percent of Americans, and also large amounts of diabetes, a disease that one in 11 Americans is diagnosed with.
The disease is found in deer and elk, and it's similar to mad cow disease .
The disease , similar to ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease , attacks nerves in the body's extremities and eventually causes loss of muscle control.
Bailey, an independent business consultant, has taken another step in fighting the disease : He makes himself a subject for research that he hopes will lead to better understanding and more effective treatment of Parkinson's disease .
Breast cancer not one disease, but 10 distinct diseases.
In the world of livestock diseases, there are few foes more formidable than foot-and-mouth disease.
Regular examinations are very important to keep track of the present status of your disease and any disease progression over time.
As a result, it is impossible to know with confidence whether exercise prevents heart disease or whether people who are less likely to get heart disease are also more likely to be exercising .
Dr Jeffrey I Cohen directs the medical virology section of the clinical infectious diseases laboratory at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in Bethesda, Md.
The disease, called Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, is spread by flies called midges.
In September a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health sponsored by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated NFL players are at greater risk of Lou Gehrig 's disease.
In addition, gum disease has been linked to health problems of a more serious nature such as heart disease and diabetes.
The Cardiovascular Wellness Service is pleased to offer free monthly cardiovascular disease screenings as part of Heart Happenings, an initiative to prevent heart disease in our community.

In science:

These properties have important consequences, for instance for the disease spreading along the random walk path on the graph.
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
An important application of the theory of networks is in epidemiology, the study of the spread of disease.
Random graphs as models of networks
This is an unrealistic assumption, but it has proven popular because it allows one to write differential equations for the time evolution of the disease that can be solved or numerically integrated with relative ease.
Random graphs as models of networks
In this section we show that the most fundamental standard model of disease propagation, the SIR model, and a large set of its generalized forms, can be solved on random graphs by mapping them onto percolation problems.
Random graphs as models of networks
There is a fixed probability per unit time that an infective individual will pass the disease to a susceptible individual with whom they have contact, rendering that individual infective.
Random graphs as models of networks