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Addison's disease a disease caused by disturbance or failure of the adrenal glands, resulting in anemia, low blood pressure, weakness, and an abnormal brownish tinge to the skin.
Alzheimer's disease a severe, progressive disease that causes the brain cells to degenerate, often leading to dementia.
Bright's disease chronic inflammation of the blood vessels in the kidneys.
Brill's disease a form of typhus considered to be a recurrence of a much earlier infection.
caisson disease see aeroembolism.
celiac disease a disease occurring in young children that is caused by an inability to properly digest food and that is characterized by malnutrition and diarrhea.
Cushing's disease a disease caused by a tumor in the pituitary gland and characterized by obesity, hypertension, muscular weakness, and diabetes.
deficiency disease a disease caused by lack of a specific nutrient in the diet, or by the body's inability to absorb or metabolize it.
Dutch elm disease a serious disease of elms that causes yellow, wilted leaves, streaked wood, and ultimately the death of the tree.
foot-and-mouth disease a severe, very contagious disease of animals such as sheep and cattle, characterized by fever and blisters in the mouth and around the feet or hooves, the teats, and the udder; hoof-and-mouth disease.
Graves' disease a disorder characterized by excessive thyroid secretion that causes enlargement of the thyroid and higher basal metabolism and pulse rate.
Hansen's disease leprosy.
Hodgkin's disease a progressive, sometimes fatal disease in which the lymph tissues, spleen, and kidneys become enlarged or inflamed.
hoof-and-mouth disease see foot-and-mouth disease.
itai-itai disease a painful degenerative bone disease contracted by ingesting water or food that has been polluted by industrial cadmium waste.
loco disease a nervous disease of livestock, caused by locoweed poisoning and involving dullness, clumsiness, and partial paralysis.
Lou Gehrig's disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
occupational disease a disease or disorder caused by the working conditions or requirements of one's occupation.
Paget's disease a disease that deforms or weakens bones. [2 definitions]
Parkinson's disease a degenerative disease of the nervous system characterized by muscular rigidity and tremors, esp. in the hands and face.