- having or affected with disease.
Origin of diseased
- a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors; illness; sickness; ailment.
- any abnormal condition in a plant that interferes with its vital physiological processes, caused by pathogenic microorganisms, parasites, unfavorable environmental, genetic, or nutritional factors, etc.
- any harmful, depraved, or morbid condition, as of the mind or society: His fascination with executions is a disease.
- decomposition of a material under special circumstances: tin disease.
- to affect with disease; make ill.
Origin of disease
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Examples from the Web for diseased
But it was good news to the poor, the diseased, the downtrodden and scorned, and all the “little” people.Jesus Wasn’t Born Rich. Think About It.
December 25, 2014
Step too far off the beaten path and you could be faced with diseased rodents and filthy insects.New York’s Scariest Night Out: The Ghosts, Rats, and Lunatics of ‘Nightmare New York’
October 4, 2014
More than two dozen lines of diseased mice have now been destroyed.Stop Green Hill Activists Occupy Research Facility and Release Mice
Barbie Latza Nadeau
April 26, 2013
To its primitive, diseased brain I was practically invisible, an obstacle to be ignored, and, at best, avoided.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
Before we necessarily had breasts, we were instructed to palpate the diseased, curvaceous effigy to feel for lumps.The Great Mammogram Debate
November 18, 2009
If the diseased corpuscles are found, the eggs are discarded.The Roof of France
Has his father's brain, influenced by the diseased condition of his mother.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
And life, therefore, is either a healthy or a diseased state of the soul.The Book of Khalid
They may be applied frequently to the diseased parts, rubbing them afterwards each time well with the above soft liquid liniment.
Magic, impiety, enchantments, are often the effects of a diseased imagination.The Phantom World
- having or affected with disease
- any impairment of normal physiological function affecting all or part of an organism, esp a specific pathological change caused by infection, stress, etc, producing characteristic symptoms; illness or sickness in general
- a corresponding condition in plants
- any situation or condition likened to thisthe disease of materialism
Word Origin and History for diseased
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.
- Affected with disease.
- Unsound or disordered.
- 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.