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radiation sickness

noun, Pathology
1.
sickness caused by irradiation with x-rays or other nuclear radiation as a result of therapeutic treatment, accidental exposure, or a nuclear bomb explosion and characterized by nausea, vomiting, headache, cramps, diarrhea, loss of hair and teeth, destruction of white blood cells, and prolonged hemorrhage.
Origin of radiation sickness
1920-1925
1920-25
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  • Symptoms of radiation sickness may not be noticed for several days.

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  • The worst of the radiation sickness was over, and he was mending fast.

    Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet Harold Leland Goodwin
  • radiation sickness is not contagious; one person cannot "catch it" from another person.

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  • A person cannot "catch" radiation sickness from another person.

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  • radiation sickness is not contagious or infectious, and one person cannot "catch it" from another person.

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  • "radiation sickness," said Bart, and Vorongil reached out, catching his shoulder in a cruel taloned grip.

    The Colors of Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • radiation sickness is caused by the invisible rays given off by particles of radioactive fallout.

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  • Remember that radiation sickness is not contagious or infectious, and one person cannot "catch it" from another person.

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British Dictionary definitions for radiation sickness

radiation sickness

noun
1.
(pathol) illness caused by overexposure of the body or a part of the body to ionizing radiations from radioactive material or X-rays. It is characterized by vomiting, diarrhoea, and in severe cases by sterility and cancer
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radiation sickness in Medicine

radiation sickness n.
Illness induced by ionizing radiation, ranging in severity from nausea, vomiting, headache, and diarrhea to loss of hair and teeth, reduction in red and white blood cell counts, extensive hemorrhaging, sterility, and death.

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