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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They're considered one of the threats to humans on a potential mission to Mars: During the months-long journey through space, cosmic rays would damage the cells of astronauts and could cause radiation sickness. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 They're considered one of the threats to humans on a potential mission to Mars: During the months-long journey through space, cosmic rays would damage the cells of astronauts and could cause radiation sickness. Sarah Kaplan, chicagotribune.com, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect 'ghost particles' from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018 Hundreds of servicemen fell ill, and many died of cancer and radiation sickness in the years following the accident. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Chernobyl is Turning Into a Wildlife Preserve for Wolves," 1 July 2018 Seven other people were in the room with him during the accident; three were hospitalized for acute radiation sickness. Julian G. West, The Atlantic, "The Atomic-Bomb Core That Escaped World War II," 2 Apr. 2018 Leukine, which was approved in 1991 to bolster immune systems weakened by chemotherapy, was OK’d in March to treat radiation sickness in case of a nuclear explosion. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "This Cambridge nonprofit is seeking every drug ever developed," 12 May 2018 In 2007, after a long legal battle, Kutepova forced the government to recognize her father as a victim of occupational radiation sickness. Marc Bennetts, Newsweek, "Crackdown in Russia: Critics Accuse Nuclear Authorities of Soviet-Style Cover-Ups and Heavy-Handed Tactics," 21 Dec. 2017 As many suffered from diarrhea—the result either of anxiety, flu, or radiation sickness—the lack of toilet facilities was especially difficult. Nan Randall, The Atlantic, "'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War," 25 Jan. 2018 Two people died instantly after the explosion, and 28 people died as a result of acute radiation sickness in the following weeks and months. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "I Toured One of the Most Radioactive Places on Earth," 30 Jan. 2018

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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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