nausea

noun
nau·​sea | \ ˈnȯ-zē-ə How to pronounce nausea (audio) , -sē-ə How to pronounce nausea (audio) ; ˈnȯ-zhə How to pronounce nausea (audio) , -shə How to pronounce nausea (audio) \

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 How to pronounce nauseant (audio) , -​shē-​ , -​zē-​ , -​sē-​ \ noun or adjective

Frequently Asked Questions About nausea

Is one nauseous or nauseated?

Some usage guides have held that there should be a strict distinction between nauseous and nauseated, with the first word meaning "causing nausea or disgust" and the second one meaning "affected with nausea." However, nauseous has been in widespread enough use for both of these senses that this distinction is now quite blurred. Nauseous may mean either "causing nausea" or "affected with nausea"; nauseated, on the other hand, is restricted in meaning to "affected with nausea; feeling disgust."

What is the verb for nauseous?

The verb form of nauseous is nauseate, meaning "to affect with nausea or disgust." It comes from the Latin word meaning "seasickness, nausea," which itself may be traced back to the Greek word for "sailor" (nautēs).

"Is nausea a noun?"

Nausea is a noun, meaning "a stomach distress with distaste for food and an urge to vomit" or "extreme disgust." A number of other nouns are closely related in meaning, including nauseant ("something that causes nausea"), nauseousness ("an instance of nausea"), and nauseatingness ("the quality or state of being nauseating").

Examples of nausea in a Sentence

Some people experience nausea when flying. A feeling of nausea suddenly came over me.
Recent Examples on the Web The microbe can cause symptoms similar to bacterial meningitis, including headaches, fever, nausea and vomiting, making an initial diagnosis challenging, the CDC says. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "After brain-eating amoeba killed 6-year-old boy, it could take months to clean Texas city's water," 1 Oct. 2020 Early symptoms may include severe frontal headache, fever, nausea, and vomiting, while later-stage symptoms may include stiff neck, seizures, altered mental status, hallucinations and coma. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Texas boy's brain-eating amoeba death leads city to flush water system," 29 Sep. 2020 These are known possible side effects of chloroquine, Medline Plus explains, but nausea and muscle aches can also be symptoms of the coronavirus. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Rita Wilson Was 'Shocked' to Learn That Her Jet Lag Symptoms Were Actually COVID-19," 17 Sep. 2020 But side effects can include soreness, redness, swelling, headache, fever, nausea, and muscle aches. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "When To Get Your Flu Shot In 2020 — Timing Matters," 16 Sep. 2020 Symptoms of the plague often appear within two weeks of exposure and can include fever, nausea, weakness and swollen lymph nodes. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "California Resident Diagnosed with the Plague in First State Case Since 2015," 18 Aug. 2020 Symptoms of plague often appear within two weeks of exposure and can include fever, nausea, weakness and swollen lymph nodes, according to the release. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "A California resident has been diagnosed with plague for the first time in five years," 18 Aug. 2020 Symptoms including fever, nausea, weakness and swollen lymph nodes, which often show up within two weeks of exposure to an infected animal or flea. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "South Lake Tahoe hiker tests positive for plague, first California case since 2015," 18 Aug. 2020 More generally, patients may expect a fever, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, headaches, nausea and vomiting. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "COVID-19 vaccine trial kicks off in Palm Beach County. Volunteers will get up to $1,000.," 17 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'nausea.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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The first known use of nausea was in the 15th century

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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Nausea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nausea. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for nausea

nausea

noun
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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

nausea

noun
nau·​sea | \ ˈnȯ-zē-ə How to pronounce nausea (audio) , 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

nausea

noun
nau·​sea | \ ˈnȯ-zē-ə How to pronounce nausea (audio) , -sē-ə; ˈnȯ-zhə How to pronounce nausea (audio) , -shə How to pronounce nausea (audio) \

Medical Definition of nausea

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

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