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a definite pathological process having a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. It may affect the whole body or any of its parts, and its etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown. For specific diseases, see under the specific name, as addison's disease. See also illness, mal, sickness, and syndrome.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. An interruption, cessation, or disorder of a body, system, or organ structure or function.
See also: syndrome. Synonym(s): illness, morbus, sickness
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.
See also: syndrome.
[Eng. dis- priv. + ease]


nosophobia, pathophobia.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


1. An interruption, cessation, or disorder of body functions, systems, or organs.
Synonym(s): illness, morbus, sickness.
2. A morbid entity characterized usually by at least two of these criteria: recognized etiologic agent(s), identifiable group of signs and symptoms, or consistent anatomic alterations.
See also: syndrome
[Eng. dis- priv. + ease]
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It was usually called after an enemy or a country people thought to be responsible for it: the French named it the "disease of Naples" or the "Spanish disease," and later "grand verole" (the "great pox"); the English and the Italians--the "French disease," the "morbus Gallicus" or the "French pox"; the Germans--the "French evil"; the Russians--the "Polish disease"; the Polish and the Persians--the "Turkish disease"; the Turkish--the "Christian disease," etc (Arrizabalaga 1997; Rothschild 2005)
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Amulets were commonly used as a cure for epilepsy since the disorder was believed to be the result of demonic possession; for this reason ancient doctors referred to epilepsy as the "sacred disease." (Epilepsy was also known as the "Herculean disease" (Latin, "morbus herculeus"), a nod to the legend that Hercules suffered from the affliction, possibly caused by the stress of his Twelve Labors.) In Antiquity, the god Asclepius was credited with curing epilepsy, a curative act later ascribed to Christ who healed a boy with epilepsy by performing an exorcism (referenced in Mark 9:14-29, and elsewhere).
El estudio inicia con el motivo fundamental de la novela: el morbus amoris o enfermedad de amor.
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