1. rheumatic heart disease heart disease caused by recurrent episodes of rheumatic fever; characterized by changes in the myocardium or scarring of the heart valves that reduce the power of the heart to pump blood
  2. rheumatic aortitis aortitis occurring in rheumatic fever
  3. rheumatoid arthritis a chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities; something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction of all components of the joint
  4. cystic breast disease the presence of one or more cysts in a breast
  5. ragpicker's disease a form of anthrax infection acquired by inhalation of dust containing Bacillus anthracis; initial symptoms (chill and cough and dyspnea and rapid pulse) are followed by extreme cardiovascular collapse
  6. Reiter's disease an inflammatory syndrome predominantly in males
  7. mad cow disease a fatal disease of cattle that affects the central nervous system; causes staggering and agitation
  8. coronary heart disease a heart disease due to an abnormality of the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart
  9. fibrocystic breast disease the presence of one or more cysts in a breast
  10. hereditary disease a disease or disorder that is inherited genetically
  11. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease a form of neuropathy that can begin between childhood and young adulthood; characterized by weakness and atrophy of the muscles of the hands and lower legs; progression is slow and individuals affected can have a normal life span; inheritance is X-linked recessive or X-linked dominant
  12. heart disease a disease of the heart
  13. rhizoctinia disease disease caused by rhizoctinia or fungi of Pellicularia and Corticium
  14. valvular heart disease heart disease caused by stenosis of the cardiac valves and obstructed blood flow or caused by degeneration and blood regurgitation
  15. respiratory disease a disease affecting the respiratory system
  16. communicable disease a disease that can be communicated from one person to another
  17. Gaucher's disease a rare chronic disorder of lipid metabolism of genetic origin
  18. genetic disease a disease or disorder that is inherited genetically
  19. Minamata disease a form of mercury poisoning among people who ate fish from mercury-contaminated waters of Minamata Bay off Japan in the 1950s; characterized by severe neurological degeneration
  20. hydatid disease infestation with larval echinococci (tapeworms)