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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Its bite can cause fever, rash, chills and nausea, among other side effects. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Tennessee woman bitten by brown recluse spider in alleged infested apartment to move," 12 July 2018 Symptoms typically begin two to 10 days after exposure and can include muscle aches, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and chills. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Cases of Legionnaires' disease down in Kane County; 9 cases recently reported in McHenry," 11 July 2018 Withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, agitation, sleep problems, muscle aches, sweating, nausea, diarrhea and drug craving. Houston Chronicle, "How to “live long and prosper”," 7 July 2018 Hepatitis A symptoms include: sudden abdominal pain, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, headache, dark urine, and vomiting followed by yellowing of the skin and eyes. Paul Sisson,, "Hepatitis A case prompts National City treatment center warning," 6 July 2018 Both of these approaches can cause significant vaginal bleeding, nausea, and cramping. Dorothy Novick, STAT, "FDA shouldn’t allow politics to hurt women suffering miscarriage," 22 June 2018 Within minutes to hours, most people exposed in these areas would begin to show signs of acute radiation syndrome: nausea, headache, dizziness, and vomiting. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 Symptoms of salmonella—a bacteria that can cause infections within the body—most commonly include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, fever, chills, headache, and blood in your stool. Devon Elizabeth, SELF, "Update: There Are Now 100 Salmonella Cases Linked to Recalled Honey Smacks Cereal," 13 July 2018 The exception is Parc prison, in Bridgend, which is privately managed by G4S. The symptoms from immediate opioid detoxification, which include nausea, shaking and abdominal pains, can last up to ten days. The Economist, "Welsh prisons are much harsher than England’s on opioid treatment," 12 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 , 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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