Variant of disease
- any departure from health; illness in general
- a particular destructive process in an organ or organism, with a specific cause and characteristic symptoms; specif., an illness; ailment
- any harmful or destructive condition, as of society
Origin: Middle English disese, inconvenience, trouble, sickness ; from Old French desaise, discomfort ; from des-, dis- plush aise, ease
- diseased adjective
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