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noun disease pronunciation in American English /dɪˈziz/
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    [countable/uncountable] an illness that affects people or animals, especially one that is caused by an infection
    liver/heart/lung disease: leading causes of heart disease
    disease of: a disease of the nervous system
    diseases of horses/cattle/sheep
    suffer from a disease: Studies have revealed that fewer vegetarians suffer from heart disease.
    cause a disease: Smoking can cause fatal diseases.
    contract a disease (=to become infected with it): Young people are most at risk of contracting the disease.
    combat disease: the way that the body’s immune system combats disease

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