Either would work. One could use "the" organs if one saw them as a finite number of body parts.
I have recently encountered a sentence explaining the difference between illness and disease.
The rule says: disease is used for illnesses affecting the organs, e.g. she has heart disease.
I am going nuts trying to figure out why there is: the organs (why the is used there?). Any clue? I would say just organs without the
thanks a million
Is it a correct definition BTW?
In most cases, the words are used interchangeably. And it is difficult to come up one of either that does not affect at least one of the body's organ systems. A few people have tried to create a difference between actual disease (involves body pathology) and illness, which includes disease, but can also include the perception of illness even where there is no disease. In my view, this as usually a distinction without a difference.
I could not begin to refine those fairly crude ideas. I am simply making the point that, in BrE at least, the two words are not often interchangeable.
I am not sure what I said that makes you think that.