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

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Examples of sickness in a Sentence

He died from an unknown sickness. she was plagued by sickness most of her adult life

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Reaching epidemic proportions on no less than five occasions during the late 15th and early 16th centuries, sweating sickness was highly lethal. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Cause of Prince Arthur Tudor's Death Remains a Medical Mystery," 13 May 2019 But the blame artists are distracting attention from the real sickness, which in this case is anti-Semitism, a hatred that goes back millennia. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Oldest Hatred," 28 Oct. 2018 After the war, research continued into the effects of strobes and the related phenomenon of flicker sickness. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Long, Weird History of Strobe Weapons," 11 Feb. 2019 Some of the health risk comes from the consequences of being alone when sickness strikes. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone," 11 Dec. 2018 In other words, adiposity (fatness) alone doesn’t mean sickness. Caroline Rothstein, Marie Claire, "The Wellness Industry Isn't Making You Well," 1 Jan. 2019 There are no known reports of sickness or injury due to the possible contamination. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Tyson Food Inc. to recall 3,120 pounds of breaded chicken for plastic contamination," 11 June 2018 Good sign or not, one thing is clear: Morning sickness can be a truly sucky experience. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It True That Morning Sickness Means Something Good During Pregnancy?," 10 Jan. 2019 Amid a flu season that’s left two Oregon children dead, health officials held a news conference Friday to educate the public about the sickness. OregonLive.com, "Health officials educate about flu amid deadly season," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of sickness

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

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sickness

noun

English Language Learners Definition of 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

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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