1) N-VAR A disease is an illness which affects people, animals, or plants, for example one which is caused by bacteria or infection.

...the rapid spread of disease in the area.

...illnesses such as heart disease...

Doctors believe they have cured him of the disease.

2) N-COUNT: with supp You can refer to a bad attitude or habit, usually one that a group of people have, as a disease. [LITERARY]

...the wretched disease of racism eating away at the core of our society.


English dictionary. 2008.


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