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

Examples of nausea in a Sentence

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

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Other common symptoms include coughing, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, muscle aches, chest pain and shortness of breath. Susan Scutti, CNN, "5 cases of Legionnaires' disease follow visits to downtown Atlanta hotel," 17 July 2019 Toxins in the blue-green algae in Mississippi can cause rashes, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting, according to the MDEQ., "‘All bets are off’: Toxic algae bloom shutters Mississippi beaches, causes worry in Alabama," 12 July 2019 Abdominal cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting may occur if untreated water is swallowed. Craig Pittman,, "5 things to know about blue-green algae. (It’s bad. And it’s getting worse.)," 10 July 2019 Coming in contact with the bacteria could cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and in some rare cases, fatalities have been reported. Dave Quinn,, "Mississippi Beaches Close Due to Toxic Blue-Green Algae Bloom," 9 July 2019 The algae blooms can cause a host of ailments including rashes, nausea and diarrhea in people and animals. Manuel Bojorquez, CBS News, "Closed Mississippi beaches due to toxic algae hurting local businesses," 9 July 2019 The algae can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Algae bloom forces closures of Mississippi beaches; could it spread to the Texas coast?," 8 July 2019 In addition to diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, other symptoms may include fever, stomach pain, dehydration and weight loss., "Crypto: Health authorities warn against microscopic parasite that lives in pools, water parks," 1 July 2019 Symptoms often start two to 10 days after exposure and include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, aching muscles, fever and chills. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, "9 sickened by Legionnaires' disease across McHenry County; public health officials investigating," 11 July 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 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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