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

Definition of nausea 

1 : a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit experienced nausea during the cruise to Bermuda

2 : extreme disgust looked at the murder scene with growing nausea

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Other Words from nausea

nauseant \ˈnȯ-​zhē-​ənt, -​shē-​, -​zē-​, -​sē-​ \ noun or adjective

Examples of nausea in a Sentence

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

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As with any drug, there are potential side effects, including nausea and vomiting. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The 2019 Flu Season May Be as Deadly as 2018's — Here's How to Prepare Yourself," 3 Oct. 2018 Signs of a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction include nausea, dizziness and difficulty breathing, the publication warns. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Florence floodwaters result in 'islands' of floating fire ants," 19 Sep. 2018 Symptoms of an ibuprofen overdose include nausea, vomiting, headache, drowsiness, blurred vision, and dizziness. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Check If Your Children’s Advil Was Recalled," 28 Aug. 2018 According to their reports, people have become sick with some classic foodborne illness symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "More Than 600 People Say They Got Sick From Just One Ohio Chipotle Location," 9 Aug. 2018 Studies have investigated whether marijuana can be helpful for conditions from nausea to pain to Parkinson’s disease and inflammatory bowel disease. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Government bans on pot research have created room for marijuana health hype," 6 Nov. 2018 Astronaut Peggy Whitson survived a ballistic reentry in 2008, and described it like a nausea-inducing car crash. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Ballistic Reentry: How Astronauts Survive a Failed Launch," 11 Oct. 2018 Inside, Elene remained hostage to the rhythms of illness and treatment: the rounds of chemo, bouts of nausea and blocks of blank time. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 2018 Most of the reports involved symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea within several hours of eating at the restaurant. Wbtv, charlotteobserver, "Authorities investigating outbreak of E. Coli in Alexander County," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of nausea

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nausea

Latin, seasickness, nausea, from Greek nautia, nausia, from nautēs sailor — more at nautical

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English Language Learners Definition of nausea

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


nau·​sea | \ˈnȯ-zē-ə, ˈnȯ-shə\

Kids Definition of nausea

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

2 : deep disgust : loathing


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

Medical Definition of nausea 

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

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