1. cat scratch disease a disease thought to be transmitted to humans by a scratch from a cat
  2. Tay-Sachs disease a hereditary disorder of lipid metabolism occurring most frequently in individuals of Jewish descent in eastern Europe; accumulation of lipids in nervous tissue results in death in early childhood
  3. Kawasaki disease an acute disease of young children characterized by a rash and swollen lymph nodes and fever; of unknown cause
  4. tsutsugamushi disease transmitted by larval mites and widespread in Asia
  5. cardiovascular disease a disease of the heart or blood vessels
  6. caisson disease pain resulting from rapid change in pressure
  7. Sachs disease a hereditary disorder of lipid metabolism occurring most frequently in individuals of Jewish descent in eastern Europe; accumulation of lipids in nervous tissue results in death in early childhood
  8. discretion power of making choices unconstrained by external agencies
  9. ketoacidosis acidosis with an accumulation of ketone bodies
  10. mad cow disease a fatal disease of cattle that affects the central nervous system; causes staggering and agitation
  11. Cushing's disease a glandular disorder caused by excessive ACTH resulting in greater than normal functioning of the adrenal gland; characterized by obesity
  12. Paget's disease a disease of bone occurring in the middle aged and elderly
  13. Pott's disease TB of the spine with destruction of vertebrae resulting in curvature of the spine
  14. scratch test a test to determine allergic sensitivity to various substances by applying them to scratches in the skin
  15. contagious disease any disease easily transmitted by contact
  16. Christmas disease a clotting disorder similar to hemophilia A but caused by a congenital deficiency of factor IX
  17. rickettsial disease infectious disease caused by ticks or mites or body lice infected with rickettsial bacteria
  18. Addison's disease a glandular disorder caused by failure of function of the cortex of the adrenal gland and marked by anemia and prostration with brownish skin
  19. genetic disease a disease or disorder that is inherited genetically
  20. kissing disease an acute disease characterized by fever and swollen lymph nodes and an abnormal increase of mononuclear leucocytes or monocytes in the bloodstream; not highly contagious; some believe it can be transmitted by kissing