sickness

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noun sick·ness \ˈsik-nəs\

Definition of sickness

  1. 1a :  ill health :  illnessb :  a disordered, weakened, or unsound condition

  2. 2 :  a specific disease

  3. 3 :  nausea, queasiness

Examples of sickness in a Sentence

  1. He died from an unknown sickness.

  2. she was plagued by sickness most of her adult life

Recent Examples of sickness from the Web

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Before 12th Century

First Known Use of sickness

before 12th century



SICKNESS Defined for English Language Learners

sickness

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Definition of sickness for English Language Learners

  • : unhealthy condition of body or mind : the state of being sick

  • : a specific type of disease or illness

  • : the feeling you have in your stomach when you think you are going to vomit


SICKNESS Defined for Kids

sickness

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noun sick·ness \ˈsik-nəs\

Definition of sickness for Students

  1. 1 :  ill health :  illness

  2. 2 :  a specific disease He came down with an unknown sickness.

  3. 3 :  nausea 1


Medical Dictionary

sickness

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noun sick·ness \ˈsik-nəs\

Medical Definition of sickness

  1. 1:  the condition of being ill :  ill health

  2. 2:  a specific disease

  3. 3:  nausea



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