radiation sickness

noun

Definition of radiation sickness

: sickness that results from exposure to radiation and is commonly marked by fatigue, nausea, vomiting, loss of teeth and hair, and in more severe cases by damage to blood-forming tissue with decrease in red and white blood cells and with bleeding

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Recent Examples on the Web In the end, their mother succumbs to radiation sickness as Gen carries her to the hospital on his back. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Lest we forget: Mark 75 years of the atomic bomb with the Ars watch list," 10 Aug. 2020 And like Slotin, Merriman dies horribly of radiation sickness within days. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Lest we forget: Mark 75 years of the atomic bomb with the Ars watch list," 10 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile, Wataru Namba survived the bombing in Hiroshima but developed radiation sickness. NBC News, "Japanese American Hiroshima victim on reality of being bombed by his own country," 6 Aug. 2020 Leukine, approved in 1991 to bolster immune systems weakened by chemotherapy, won clearance in 2018 to treat radiation sickness in case of a nuclear explosion. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "Could a drug for arthritis in dogs also fight cancer in people?," 20 Jan. 2020 Its launch comes just two weeks after a nuclear missile explosion at a naval weapons testing range in northwestern Russia left five dead, including two people whom reports say died from radiation sickness. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Russia launches floating nuclear power station; environmentalists warn of ‘Chernobyl on ice’," 24 Aug. 2019 While there haven't been any official deaths or cases of radiation sickness from the incident, as many as 164,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes for their safety. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Would Japan Dump Radioactive Water Into the Pacific Ocean?," 12 Sep. 2019 How the two who reportedly died of radiation sickness fit into these numbers is not clear. Will Englund, Washington Post, "Two victims of mysterious Russian missile blast died of radiation sickness, report says," 21 Aug. 2019 Unprotected persons caught in the blast—or venturing into the blast zone afterward—could be exposed to dangerous levels of radioactivity, leading to radiation sickness or cancer. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Wants VR To Train for Nuclear War," 9 July 2019

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Radiation sickness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radiation%20sickness. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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radiation sickness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of radiation sickness

medical : an illness that results from exposure to too much radiation

radiation sickness

noun

Medical Definition of radiation sickness

: sickness that results from exposure to radiation and is commonly marked by fatigue, nausea, vomiting, loss of teeth and hair, and in more severe cases by damage to blood-forming tissue with decrease in red and white blood cells and with bleeding

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