morb-, morbi- +

(Latin: disease)

Of a disease; of the disease.
1. Relating to or caused by disease; pathological or diseased.
2. Psychologically unhealthy or unwholesome.
3. Suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; unwholesomely gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc.: "He had a morbid interest in death."
4. Affected by, caused by, causing, or characteristic of disease.
5. Gruesome; grisly.
6. Etymology: "the nature of a disease, indicative of a disease," from Latin morbidus, "diseased" from morbus, "sickness, disease", from the root of mori, "to die".
morbid, sordid
morbid (MOR bid) (adjective)
1. Characterized by unwholesome or very sad feelings: After reading the morbid novel, Jane was anxious to go for a walk to raise her spirits.
2. Characteristic of or induced by disease: The conditions in the slum were morbid and caused many people to be ill.
sordid (SOR did) (adjective)
Very dirty, gross, and/or vile: The novel was the sordid story of greed and avarice.

Josie had to be moved to a supervised home because the 100-year old woman was living in a sordid situation.

The public often displays a morbid curiosity about the sordid facts of life in the slums as described by socially conscious authors; such as, Charles Dickens.

morbidity, morbidness
1. A diseased state.
2. The incidence or prevalence of a disease.
3. Morbidity rate; the ratio of deaths in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1 000 per year; death rate, mortality, mortality rate, fatality rate.
4. The quality of being unhealthy and generally bad for people; unwholesomeness, morbidness.
Capable of halting the progress of a disease.
The development of morbid conditions or of disease; more specifically, the cellular events and reactions and other pathologic mechanisms occurring in the development of disease.
1. Capable of causing a disease.
2. Giving origin to a disease or to morbid symptoms.
Proceeding from disease; morbid; unhealthy.
A diseased state; unhealthiness.
A disease; sickness, ailment, or grief.

This element often precedes other word-elements to indicate a specific ailment.

morbus cardiacus
Heart disease.
morbus cordis
Heart disease.
morbus coxae senilis (s) (noun) (no plural was found)
Degenerative arthritis of the hip joint; especially, of elderly people.
Morbus Crohn, Crohn's disease
A type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that results in swelling and the dysfunction of the intestinal tract: "Morbus Crohn or Crohn's disease includes inflammation of the intestine; especially, the small intestine and it refers to a swelling, a redness, and a loss of normal functions."

"The inflammation of Crohn's disease usually affects the last part of the ileum (a section of the small intestine), and often also affects the large intestine (the colon)."

"Crohn's disease, is also known as Crohn syndrome and regional enteritis and it involves a type of inflammatory bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus."

Morbus Crohn primarily causes abdominal pain, diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is severe), continuous vomiting, and weight loss."

"Crohn's disease may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract; such as, skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eyes, fatigue, and a diminishing ability to concentrate."

morbus errorum [vagabondus]
1. Vagrants' disease or a parasitic melanoderma or excoriations and melanoderma caused by scratching the bites of body louse; pediculus corporis: "The street health clinic often saw patients suffering from morbus errorum as a result of body lice.
2. Discoloration of the skin in people who are subject to louse bites over long periods of time: "The medical clinic developed a useful cream to ease the suffering of people with morbus errorum on their bodies."