sick building syndrome


Definition of sick building syndrome

: a set of symptoms (such as headache, fatigue, and eye irritation) typically affecting workers in modern airtight office buildings that is believed to be caused by indoor pollutants (such as formaldehyde fumes or microorganisms) — compare multiple chemical sensitivity

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Recent Examples on the Web Indoor air pollution causes a constellation of symptoms: headaches, fatigue, and low productivity, sometimes referred to as sick building syndrome. Lisa Wood Shapiro, Wired, "The Quest for Clean Air," 12 Dec. 2019

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Sick building syndrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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sick building syndrome

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Medical Definition of sick building syndrome

: a set of symptoms (as headache, fatigue, eye irritation, and breathing difficulties) that typically affect workers in modern airtight office buildings, that are believed to be caused by indoor pollutants (as formaldehyde fumes, particulate matter, or microorganisms), and that tend to disappear when affected individuals leave the building abbreviation SBS — compare building-related illness

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