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 boys and their family members have been told to watch for symptoms such as headache, nausea, muscle pain or difficulty breathing, the reports added. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "Rescued Thai Boys Being Watched for Illnesses Caught from Cave Animals," 10 July 2018 The infection is generally marked by fever, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, and constipation or sometimes diarrhea. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "First XDR typhoid is on the verge of being untreatable, spreading globally," 17 Apr. 2018 The adverse effects of melatonin use in children are mild and include dizziness, headaches, nausea, and drowsiness. Mariko Zapf, Good Housekeeping, "Melatonin Is A Popular Over The Counter Sleep Aid—But Is It Safe For Kids?," 20 July 2017 Fever and nausea are also red flags that the vibriosis infection has spread to the bloodstream. Amanda Macmillan,, "Vibrio Vulnificus: What to Know About The 'Flesh-Eating Bacteria' That Has a New Jersey Man Fighting For His Life," 10 July 2018 American stocks have spent the year riding nausea-inducing swells and dips, thanks in no small part to trade conflicts between the U.S. and China (not to mention between between the U.S. and countless other partners). Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "Here’s What the World’s Biggest Investor Thinks the Markets Will Do Next," 9 July 2018 Read More Severe nausea, 5 hospital stays: Why Ayesha Curry's third pregnancy is her roughest. Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Stephen and Ayesha Curry share photos of their new baby. It's a ...," 4 July 2018 Doctors said the finding could spare tens of thousands of women a year from chemo side effects such as nausea and early menopause. Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 4 June 2018 But in some cases, patients do stay for a night or longer to be observed for problems that can develop such as nausea, vomiting and pain, especially if a fairly large mass was treated. Kim Painter, USA TODAY, "Q&A: What might be going on with Melania Trump's benign kidney condition," 15 May 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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