noun nau·sea \ˈn-zē-ə, -sē-ə; ˈn-zhə, -shə\

: the feeling you have in your stomach when you think you are going to vomit

Full Definition of NAUSEA

:  a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit
:  extreme disgust
nau·se·ant \-zhē-ənt, -shē-, -zē-, -sē-\ noun or adjective

Examples of NAUSEA

  1. Some people experience nausea when flying.
  2. A feeling of nausea suddenly came over me.

Origin of NAUSEA

Latin, seasickness, nausea, from Greek nautia, nausia, from nautēs sailor — more at nautical
First Known Use: 1569

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NAUSEA Defined for Kids


noun nau·sea \ˈn-zē-ə, ˈn-shə\

Definition of NAUSEA for Kids

:  a disturbed and unpleasant condition of the stomach :  the feeling of being about to vomit
:  deep disgust :  loathing

Word History of NAUSEA

The ancient Greeks were a seafaring people, so feeling motion sickness on board a ship was nothing new to them. In fact the Greek word for seasickness, nausia, was derived from the word naus, meaning ship. Since the main signs of seasickness are an upset stomach and the urge to vomit, nausia was applied to stomach discomfort of any origin. The word was borrowed into Latin as nausea, and from Latin into English.
Medical Dictionary


noun nau·sea \ˈn-zē-ə, -sē-ə; ˈn-zhə, -shə\

Medical Definition of NAUSEA

:  a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit


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