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
Recent Examples on the Web Most everyone took some type of sea sickness pills. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Patients and visitors in a hospital are often exposed to alarms, complicated medical equipment, blank walls, and worries about sickness or mortality. Laken Brooks, Forbes, 29 May 2021 My family was scared to visit our grandparents due to the chance of giving them the deadly sickness, and my church was trying to learn how to hold services online to prevent further spread to our elderly congregation. al, 29 May 2021 Effective medicine takes several steps, including connecting with people and properly identifying sickness. Terence Mills, Forbes, 24 May 2021 In addition to providing information about Lincoln’s life, the show features testimonials from contemporary parents who have lost children to violence, sickness and other tragedies. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2021 By 1960, 46 countries allowed pregnant women to use thalidomide to treat morning sickness, but the FDA refused on the grounds that the studies were insufficient to demonstrate safety. C. Michael White, The Conversation, 13 May 2021 In any case, CDC officials ask that staffers, especially those who are unvaccinated, frequently get tested to avoid impacts from asymptomatic sickness. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 7 May 2021 Palliative care is specialized treatment for patients suffering serious and usually life-ending sickness. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 May 2021

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First Known Use of sickness

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

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

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7 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sickness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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


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.


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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