Suzanne 4. To preserve (meat, for example), as by salting, smoking, or aging. 5. To prepare, preserve, or finish (a substance) by a chemical or physical process. 2. To be prepared, preserved, or finished by a chemical or physical process: hams curing in the smokehouse. Check out these other definitions for the word 'cure'. Maybe they are trying to preserve the dis-ease. Of course it depends on what the definition of is is. Thank you William Jefferson Clinton for that tidbit.