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sickness US English

The state of being ill

sickness US Thesaurus

she was absent because of sickness

mu-sickness US English

A wasting disease of sheep; specifically liver rot (hepatic fascioliasis) and cobalt deficiency.

bush sickness US English

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

milk sickness US 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 products from affected animals

nail sickness US English

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

rail sickness US English

Sickness or nausea caused by rail travel.

Barcoo sickness US English

Illness marked by attacks of vomiting

death-sickness US English

A mortal illness; deadly disease.

grass sickness US English

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

hurry sickness US English

A behaviour pattern characterized by an urgent and persistent need to feel busy or productive, and often an anxious, excessive preoccupation with work at the expense of relaxation and socializing.

motion sickness US English

Nausea caused by motion, especially by traveling in a vehicle

serum sickness US English

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

sleepy sickness US English

Encephalitis lethargica, a brain infection causing drowsiness and sometimes coma

space sickness US English

A form of motion sickness resulting from weightlessness in space.

altitude sickness US English

Illness caused by ascent to a high altitude and the resulting shortage of oxygen, characterized chiefly by hyperventilation, nausea, exhaustion, and cerebral edema

falling sickness US English

Archaic term for epilepsy.

morning sickness US 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 US English

Another term for altitude sickness.

pregnancy sickness US English

Another term for morning sickness.

radiation sickness US English

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

sickness benefit US English

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

sickness country US English

(In Aboriginal belief) an area of spiritual significance where mythological beings may cause illness, especially to those disturbing or profaning the area

sleeping sickness US English

A tropical disease caused by a parasitic protozoan (trypanosome) that is transmitted by the bite of the tsetse fly. It causes fever, chills, pain in the limbs, and anemia, and eventually affects the nervous system causing extreme lethargy and death

sweating sickness US English

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

decompression sickness US English

A condition that results when sudden 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, cramps, numbness, nausea, and paralysis

acute mountain sickness US English

Altitude sickness, typically in a mild form with headache, nausea, and fatigue, occurring in persons who ascend too quickly to high altitude (over 2,400 metres or 8,000 feet); abbreviated AMS.

African horse sickness US 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

Rhodesian sleeping sickness US English

A form of sleeping sickness caused by Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense, which occurs mainly in East Africa and typically runs a more rapid course than classical (Gambian) sleeping sickness, with less neurological and more cardiac involvement, often resulting in death from heart failure.