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sickness

[sik-nis] /ˈsɪk nɪs/
noun
1.
a particular disease or malady.
2.
the state or an instance of being sick; illness.
3.
nausea; queasiness.
Origin of sickness
1000
before 1000; Middle English siknesse, seknesse, Old English sēocnesse. See sick1, -ness
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  • Then first a painful suspicion struck a sickness to my heart.

    Discipline Mary Brunton
  • Prosperity is no more of a cure for these than for sickness and death.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • As the spring advanced, sickness began to prevail in Deerham.

    Verner's Pride Mrs. Henry Wood
  • But for this sickness would they have met—should they ever have understood each other again?

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Eochy asked, "Why art thou not better of this sickness, how goes it with thee now?"

British Dictionary definitions for sickness

sickness

/ˈsɪknɪs/
noun
1.
an illness or disease
2.
nausea or queasiness
3.
the state or an instance of being sick
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Word Origin and History for sickness
n.

Old English seocnes "sickness, disease; a disease;" see sick (adj.) and -ness.

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sickness in Medicine

sickness sick·ness (sĭk'nĭs)
n.

  1. The condition of being sick; illness.

  2. A disease or an illness.

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