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 nausea (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 Dhar said allergies do not usually involve fevers, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, 30 Sep. 2021 Initial symptoms of primary amebic meningoencephalitis typically occur within nine days of infection and include fever, severe headache, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 Symptoms begin about five days after infection and include headache, fever, nausea or vomiting. Julia Musto, Fox News, 29 Sep. 2021 The result spares thousands each year from the dreaded chemotherapy treatment, with its accompanying hair loss, nausea, fatigue, and potential to cause permanent damage to the heart and to nerves in the hands and feet. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Schumer had dealt with hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancy with Gene, a condition that causes severe nausea and vomiting. Julie Mazziotta,, 27 Sep. 2021 People should also be mindful of the symptoms for heat exhaustion, which can develop suddenly, and include heavy sweating, cold or clammy skin, fast or weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, dizziness, headache, and fainting., 11 Aug. 2021 The Times of India says that Delta has been linked with more GI issues, including diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, and nausea, but that's mostly anecdotal at this point. Korin Miller,, 9 June 2021 Doctors would be able to recommend medical marijuana products for a wide range of symptoms and conditions, including chronic pain, sleep disorders, seizures, and weight loss and nausea from cancer. Mike Cason |, al, 14 Apr. 2021

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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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“Nausea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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 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


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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