motion sickness


Definition of motion sickness 

: sickness induced by motion (as in travel by air, car, or ship) and characterized by nausea

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Scientists don’t entirely understand how motion sickness is triggered or why humans and other animals (fish included) experience it. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Overcome Seasickness," 2 Feb. 2018 Alcohol can act as a diuretic, while water will keep you hydrated and keep motion sickness, headaches and lightheadedness at bay. New York Times, "4 Simple Tips to Stay Healthy on Your Next Trip," 7 June 2018 Your dog may do fine in the car while on flat city streets, but that doesn’t mean much—winding mountain roads into the wilderness will give you a better approximation for whether your dog is prone to motion sickness. Jayme Moye, Outside Online, "How to Take Any Dog on an Adventure," 27 June 2018 One of the most famous roller coaster engineers had intense motion sickness. Julia Fawal, Woman's Day, "10 Things You Never Knew About Roller Coasters," 24 July 2015 Vestibular migraine: Often appearing without headaches; symptoms include intense dizziness, nausea and vomiting, balance problems, extreme motion sickness, and sensitivity to sound. Katy Schneider, The Cut, "Why Did It Take So Long to Figure Out Migraines?," 22 May 2018 With 25% to 40% of consumers saying they experience motion sickness, this industry’s projected growth to $108 billion in sales by 2021 according to DigiCapital may be off-balance. Jay Samit, Fortune, "A Possible Cure for Virtual Reality Motion Sickness," 6 Feb. 2018 Ginger Planes, trains, and automobiles aren’t doing your motion sickness any favors. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "6 Best Essential Oils To Help You On Your Summer Travels," 7 July 2017 That technology should enable the screen to switch colors more quickly than a standard LCD in order to make the overall image clearer and to reduce blur and motion sickness. Lisa Eadicicco, Time, "Review: Facebook's New Oculus Go Headset Is What Virtual Reality Should Have Always Been," 1 May 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of motion sickness

: a feeling of sickness caused by the motion of a car, airplane, boat, etc.

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Medical Definition of motion sickness 

: sickness induced by motion (as in travel by air, car, or ship) and characterized by nausea

called also kinetosis

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