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[naw-zee-uh, -zhuh, -see-uh, -shuh] /ˈnɔ zi ə, -ʒə, -si ə, -ʃə/
sickness at the stomach, especially when accompanied by a loathing for food and an involuntary impulse to vomit.
extreme disgust; loathing; repugnance.
Origin of nausea
1560-70; < Latin nausea, nausia < Greek *nausíā (Ionic nausíē) seasickness, derivative of naûs ship; see -ia Unabridged
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  • I gave a sort of assent--attended with nausea--and turned to my saddle, but he clung.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Then, too, the evil smells of the fish market brought him nausea.

  • Again the nausea came on; again the succession of blurred views.

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • Phil and Ione were attacked by nausea until, again, they had to lie down.

    The Einstein See-Saw Miles John Breuer
  • There was an exultation in Jon's heart that deadened the hunger and washed away the nausea.

    Acid Bath Vaseleos Garson
British Dictionary definitions for nausea


/ˈnɔːzɪə; -sɪə/
the sensation that precedes vomiting
a feeling of disgust or revulsion
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek: seasickness, from naus ship
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Word Origin and History for nausea

early 15c., vomiting, from Latin nausea "seasickness," from Ionic Greek nausia (Attic nautia) "seasickness, nausea, disgust," literally "ship-sickness," from naus "ship" (see naval). Despite its etymology, the word in English seems never to have been restricted to seasickness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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nausea in Medicine

nausea nau·se·a (nô'zē-ə, -zhə, -sē-ə, -shə)
A feeling of sickness in the stomach marked by an urge to vomit.

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nausea in Science
  (nô'zē-ə, -zhə)   
A symptom characterized by gastrointestinal distress and an urge to vomit.
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