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What's the difference between a syndrome, a disorder, and a disease?

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  • What is the difference between a disease and a disorder, a condition, and a syndrome?

    I'd like to throw in 'illness' and 'infection' into the mix. Is there any meaning to be derived from representing these terms using Venn diagrams? Also, do any of these terms have relationships to causal agents (e.g. are infections only caused by microbes, while illnesses could be genetic and/or lifestyle-related as well)? Is there a category for medically acknowledged 'problems' which require *only* behavioural/lifestyle-related treatment?

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    "Diseases" are specific things. They are labels for concepts of ill health in which we think...

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