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sickness British & World English

The state of being ill

sickness English Thesaurus

she was absent through sickness

bush sickness British & World English

A deficiency disease of animals caused by a lack of cobalt in the soil (and hence in the diet)

milk sickness British & World English

A condition of cattle and sheep in the western US, caused by eating white snakeroot, which contains a toxic alcohol. It sometimes occurs in humans who have eaten meat or dairy produce from affected animals

nail sickness British & World English

The condition of a structure which is held together with corroded nails

grass sickness British & World English

A disease of horses which affects the workings of the bowel and is usually fatal

motion sickness British & World English

Nausea caused by motion, especially by travelling in a vehicle

serum sickness British & World English

An allergic reaction to an injection of serum, typically mild and characterized by skin rashes, joint stiffness, and fever

sleepy sickness British & World English

Encephalitis lethargica, a brain infection causing drowsiness and sometimes coma

altitude sickness British & World English

Illness caused by ascent to high altitude, characterized by hyperventilation, nausea, and exhaustion resulting from shortage of oxygen

falling sickness British & World English

Archaic term for epilepsy.

morning sickness British & World English

Nausea in pregnancy, typically occurring in the first few months. Despite its name, the nausea can affect pregnant women at any time of day

mountain sickness British & World English

Another term for altitude sickness.

pregnancy sickness British & World English

Another term for morning sickness.

radiation sickness British & World English

Illness caused by exposure of the body to ionizing radiation, characterized by nausea, hair loss, diarrhoea, bleeding, and damage to the bone marrow and central nervous system

sickness benefit British & World English

(In the UK) benefit paid weekly by the state to an individual for sickness which interrupts paid employment

sleeping sickness British & World English

A tropical disease caused by parasitic protozoans (trypanosomes) which are transmitted by the bite of the tsetse fly. It causes fever, chills, pain in the limbs, and anaemia, and eventually affects the nervous system causing extreme lethargy and death

sweating sickness British & World English

Any of various fevers with intense sweating, epidemic in England in the 15th-16th centuries

decompression sickness British & World English

A condition that results when too rapid decompression causes nitrogen bubbles to form in the tissues of the body. It is suffered particularly by divers (who often call it the bends), and can cause pain in the muscles and joints, cramp, numbness, nausea, and paralysis

African horse sickness British & World English

A notifiable viral disease of horses, which is usually fatal. It is transmitted by biting insects and occurs chiefly in Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean


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