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Pronunciation: di-zez'


  1. An interruption, cessation, or disorder of a body, system, or organ structure or function.
  2. A morbid entity ordinarily characterized by two or more of the following criteria: recognized etiologic agent(s), identifiable group of signs and symptoms, or consistent anatomic alterations.

Synonym(s): illness, morbus, sickness

[Eng. dis- priv. + ease]

See Also: syndrome

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