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late 15c., past participle adjective from Middle English verb disesen "to make uneasy; inflict pain" (mid-14c.), later "to have an illness or infection" (late 14c.); "to infect with a disease" (late 15c.), from disease (n.).
early 14c., "discomfort, inconvenience," from Old French desaise "lack, want; discomfort, distress; trouble, misfortune; disease, sickness," from des- "without, away" (see dis-) + aise "ease" (see ease). Sense of "sickness, illness" in English first recorded late 14c.; the word still sometimes was used in its literal sense early 17c.
disease dis·ease (dĭ-zēz')
A pathological condition of a body part, an organ, or a system resulting from various causes, such as infection, genetic defect, or environmental stress, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs or symptoms.
diseased dis·eased (dĭ-zēzd')
Affected with disease.
Unsound or disordered.
a harmful deviation from the normal structural or functional state of an organism. A diseased organism commonly exhibits signs or symptoms indicative of its abnormal state. Thus, the normal condition of an organism must be understood in order to recognize the hallmarks of disease. Nevertheless, a sharp demarcation between disease and health is not always apparent