sickness

noun
sick·​ness | \ ˈsik-nəs How to pronounce sickness (audio) \

Definition of sickness

1a : ill health : illness
b : a disordered, weakened, or unsound condition
2 : a specific disease

Examples of sickness in a Sentence

He died from an unknown sickness. she was plagued by sickness most of her adult life
Recent Examples on the Web These neo-health companies built brand-new tech stacks designed with consumers in mind, engaging them in their health and healthcare, not just in moments of sickness. Andy Chu, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 Methanol is sometimes purchased in bulk and added to alcoholic drinks to increase profit, which can cause severe outbreaks of sickness, according to the Methanol Poisoning initiative, launched by Oslo University Hospital and Doctors Without Borders. Lesley Wroughton, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Methanol is sometimes purchased in bulk and added to alcoholic drinks to increase profit, which can cause severe outbreaks of sickness, according to the Methanol Poisoning initiative, launched by Oslo University Hospital and Doctors Without Borders. Jennifer Hassan And Lesley Wroughton, Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2022 If this Wakanda Forever plot leak is accurate, T’Challa will pass away from some sort of sickness. Chris Smith, BGR, 14 July 2022 After a night of sickness, Hill made the correct decision to call for medical help, becoming the third contestant of the season to go home. Fred Dreier, Outside Online, 6 July 2022 This is a signal, a symptom of the sickness, the sick policy of blockade that the U.S. maintains against Cuba and that has been rejected the world over — and also rejected by a majority of U.S. citizens and Cubans living in the U.S. Tracy Wilkinsonstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2022 Though Bayer has never faked her diagnosis, she was inspired by her own experience with a less explored side of sickness. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 2 May 2022 There are many different subtypes of the virus, with most not causing obvious signs of sickness. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sickness

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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18 Aug 2022

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“Sickness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sickness. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for sickness

sickness

noun
sick·​ness | \ ˈsik-nəs How to pronounce sickness (audio) \

Kids Definition of sickness

1 : ill health : illness
2 : a specific disease He came down with an unknown sickness.

sickness

noun
sick·​ness | \ ˈsik-nəs How to pronounce sickness (audio) \

Medical Definition of sickness

1 : the condition of being ill : ill health
2 : a specific disease
3 : nausea

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