Saturday, April 10, 2004

What Is A Disease?

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  Syllables:   dis-ease
Return to top of entry Part of Speech   noun
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dih ziz
   Definition 1. an abnormal physical or mental condition that causes an organism to function wrongly; illness; sickness.
   Synonyms   illness (1) , sickness (1,2) , malady (1)
   Crossref. Syn.   trouble , ill , complaint , illness
   Similar Words   indisposition , pathology , idiopathy , affliction , infirmity , derangement {derange} , pestilence , disorder , bug , ailment , pandemic , disability , contagion , plague
   Definition 2. any condition, as of society, that is considered deranged, irrational, or abnormal.
   Synonyms   malady (2)
   Similar Words   abnormality , affliction , plague , derangement {derange} , pestilence , disorder
  Related Words   poison , blight , cancer , canker , malaise

From Medical Dictionary Online:


  • A definite pathologic process with a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. It may affect the whole body or any of its parts, and its etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown.

From: Corpus Callosum:
  • Any of the above, plus:
  1. Any condition that doctors decide to meddle with1
  2. Anything that health insurance companies decide they are willing to pay in order for someone to try to make it go away
  3. Any condition affecting a person's ability to function, that can serve as a legitimate reason to give them a break
Footnote 1:
  • Bill Frist is a doctor
  • Bill Frist meddles with the Senate
  • Anything doctors decide to meddle with is a disease
  • Therefore, the Senate is a disease