sickness

noun sick·ness \ ˈsik-nəs \
|Updated on: 9 Jun 2018
1 a : ill health : illness
b : a disordered, weakened, or unsound condition
2 : a specific disease

Examples of sickness in a Sentence

  1. He died from an unknown sickness.

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

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First Known Use of sickness

before 12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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SICKNESS Defined for English Language Learners

sickness

  • : 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

noun sick·ness \ ˈsik-nəs \
1 : ill health : illness
2 : a specific disease
  • He came down with an unknown sickness.
3 : nausea 1

Medical Dictionary

sickness

noun sick·ness \ ˈsik-nəs \
1 : the condition of being ill : ill health
2 : a specific disease
3 : nausea


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