Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Disease

Morbid process with a characteristic sequence of symptoms affecting either the whole body of an organism or any of its parts or systems; any illness, sickness or ailment.

See degenerative disease, infectious disease, genetic disease, nutritional disease.

See also endocrine disorder, metabolic disorder, obstetrical and gynecological disorders, hematologic disorder, and cardiovascular disorder.

Cf. illness and disorder.

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