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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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 Thirty workers died either from the explosion at the number four reactor or from acute radiation sickness within several months. Fox News, "Chernobyl's $1.7B nuclear confinement shelter revealed after taking 9 years to complete," 4 July 2019 According to the Environmental Protection Agency, exposure to very high levels of radiation, such as being close to an atomic blast, can cause skin burns and acute radiation syndrome, known as radiation sickness. Helen Regan, CNN, "Parts of Marshall Islands are more radioactive than Chernobyl and Fukushima, study finds," 17 July 2019 The April 1986 disaster left at least 30 people dead in the immediate aftermath, from either the explosion at the reactor or from acute radiation sickness in the months after, and sparked a widespread environmental disaster. Fox News, "Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to become official tourist attraction, Ukrainian president says," 11 July 2019 Thirty workers died either from the explosion or from acute radiation sickness within several months. Washington Post, "Ukraine: Chernobyl’s radioactive dust shelter unveiled," 10 July 2019 Humans, by contrast, get radiation sickness at doses of 0.5 gray and are killed by 5 gray. Richard A. Lovett, Science | AAAS, "Space station mold survives 200 times the radiation dose that would kill a human," 28 June 2019

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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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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