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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The most common symptoms include watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever, according to the Mayo Clinic. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Back-to-school germs 101: What you need to know," 7 Sep. 2018 The Marine 300 comes equipped with aloe vera gel, nausea medication meclizine and a complete guide to marine medicine, which includes information on hook removal. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best First Aid Kits For Any Situation," 26 July 2018 These viruses can cause vomiting, rash, nausea and, in the worst cases, death. Scott Dance,, "Dealing with more bug bites than usual? Mosquitos are at 3 times their normal number in Maryland this summer.," 5 July 2018 Symptoms are extremely high body temperatures (above 103 degrees), lack of sweating, a rapid/strong pulse, headache, dizziness and nausea. Frank Kummer,, "Extended heatwave in Philadelphia amid July 4th crowds adds to health concerns," 2 July 2018 The hazmat crew had entered the building and was trying to determine what caused so many to suffer breathing problems, nausea and possible loss of consciousness. CBS News, ""Mass hysteria" at e-cigarette plant, 20 hospitalized," 25 June 2018 Common reactions to the stings include headache, fever, nausea and convulsions. Dan Wine,, "Florida boy's frightening brush with venomous caterpillar lands him in ER," 20 June 2018 Symptoms come in two stages — the first includes severe headache, fever, nausea, and vomiting, while the second stage includes stiff neck, seizures, altered mental status, hallucinations, and coma. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About Brain-Eating Amoebas," 14 June 2018 For a lot of people, myself included, this can dramatically reduce the nausea that can still plague VR games. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Déraciné is a short, somber VR story from the creators of Dark Souls," 6 Nov. 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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