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nausea

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

Simple Definition of nausea

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

Full Definition of nausea

  1. 1 :  a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit

  2. 2 :  extreme disgust

nau·se·ant play \-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


NAUSEA Defined for Kids

nausea

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noun nau·sea \ˈnȯ-zē-ə, ˈnȯ-shə\

Definition of nausea

  1. 1 :  a disturbed and unpleasant condition of the stomach :  the feeling of being about to vomit

  2. 2 :  deep disgust :  loathing



History for 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 \ˈnȯ-zē-ə, -sē-ə; ˈnȯ-zhə, -shə\

Medical Definition of nausea

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





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