disease-n; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: a physiological state of illness

Commentary: DISEASE[+state]

Smallpox is a communicable disease.
Disease and poverty contribute to the low life expectancy in this country.
It's a degenerative disease of the central nervous system.
The plants showed evidence of disease on their stems and leaves.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a dysfunctional cultural practice or behavior

Commentary: DISEASE[+activity][+practice][+cultural][+dysfunctional]

Redundancy is one of the diseases of bureaucracies.
The disease of anti-Semitism spread across europe under the nazis.
He described the practice of back-dating stock options as a new disease of corporate America.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3