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- Created 2012-02-26
is an abnormal condition that affects the body of an
. It is often construed as a
associated with specific
s. It may be caused by factors originally from an external source, such as
, or it may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as
s. In humans, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes
to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes
s, and atypical
s of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories. Diseases usually affect people not only physically, but also emotionally, as contracting and living with many diseases can alter one's perspective on life, and their personality.
Death due to disease is called
death by natural causes
. There are four main types of disease: pathogenic disease, deficiency disease, hereditary disease, and physiological disease. Diseases can also be classified as communicable and non-communicable disease.
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