sickness

noun

sick·​ness ˈsik-nəs How to pronounce sickness (audio)
1
a
: ill health : illness
b
: a disordered, weakened, or unsound condition
2
: a specific disease
3

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 Supporting Children When Their Parent Is Sick Supporting a child or children who are navigating a parent's sickness is a very individual process. Suzie Glassman, Parents, 20 Feb. 2024 The whole point of getting a fever is to slowly cook the sickness out of your body, killing off the pathogens in the process. Max Bennett, Discover Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 Like: kids playing at my feet (or having meltdowns); the nursing breaks or sections edited with a sleeping baby in my arms; the paragraphs interrupted by bouts of sickness. Erik Pedersen, Orange County Register, 26 Jan. 2024 But you battle sickness that comes with winter sports. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 6 Jan. 2024 Christmas brought the flu and other respiratory illnesses to many Americans, as more than half the states in the U.S. reported widespread sickness before the New Year. USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2024 The other two masks were found inside the catacomb along with terra-cotta figurines of Isis-Aphrodite — the goddess of childbirth and rebirth — and her son Harpocrates, the Greek take on Horus, the Egyptian god of silence who could protect himself from sickness and death. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2024 The medical group provides urgent care, primary care, telemedicine, women’s and men’s health services and specialized programs for weight loss, as well as IV infusions for people needing nutrients, hydration or recovery from sickness and hangovers, its news release said. Angela Palermo, Idaho Statesman, 12 Feb. 2024 The company has argued that qualifies as a sickness that triggers the policies. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of sickness was before the 12th century

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“Sickness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sickness. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

sickness

noun
sick·​ness ˈsik-nəs How to pronounce sickness (audio)
1
: ill health : illness
2
: a specific disease : malady
3

Medical Definition

sickness

noun
sick·​ness ˈsik-nəs How to pronounce sickness (audio)
1
: the condition of being ill : ill health
2
: a specific disease
3
: nausea

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