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[sik-nis] /ˈsɪk nɪs/
a particular disease or malady.
the state or an instance of being sick; illness.
nausea; queasiness.
Origin of sickness
before 1000; Middle English siknesse, seknesse, Old English sēocnesse. See sick1, -ness Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sickness
  • Yet her work as a nurse's aide was not her first encounter with pain and sickness.
  • Knowing everything about them could clarify their role in sickness and health.
  • The ceremony is or was supposed to purify the village and to protect the inhabitants from sickness and plague.
  • Join to them also sturdy and valiant beggars, cloaking their idle life under the colour of some disease or sickness.
  • She did not know how to yield to her sickness nor endure.
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  • Scuba divers at those depths for this duration would suffer decompression sickness.
  • Back on his feet again, he regained the set smile that a pig wears even in sickness.
  • When they disagree, however, conflict arises and motion sickness can occur.
  • Motion sickness usually combines elements of spatial disorientation, nausea and vomiting.
British Dictionary definitions for sickness


an illness or disease
nausea or queasiness
the state or an instance of being sick
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Word Origin and History for sickness

Old English seocnes "sickness, disease; a disease;" see sick (adj.) and -ness.

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sickness in Medicine

sickness sick·ness (sĭk'nĭs)

  1. The condition of being sick; illness.

  2. A disease or an illness.

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