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

Examples of radiation sickness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the ensuing months, 28 firefighters and cleanup workers died of radiation sickness, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021 Found swimming in the lagoon, the pig was donated to the Smithsonian zoo after recovering from radiation sickness. Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2021 Most likely, Mars explorers will need to spend most of their time living underground to reduce the chance of radiation sickness or cancer. Katie Mack, CNN, 11 May 2021 The accident killed two plant workers immediately, but soon dozens more would perish from acute radiation sickness, including emergency workers and firefighters who were sent to the scene. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 Donohue’s condition worsened, and she eventually was fired along with several of her factory colleagues who also were showing signs of radiation sickness. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2021 In the end, their mother succumbs to radiation sickness as Gen carries her to the hospital on his back. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Aug. 2020 And like Slotin, Merriman dies horribly of radiation sickness within days. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Aug. 2020 Meanwhile, Wataru Namba survived the bombing in Hiroshima but developed radiation sickness. NBC News, 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of radiation sickness

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 25 Jan. 2022.

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radiation sickness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of radiation sickness

: 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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