[naw-zee-uh, -zhuh, -see-uh, -shuh]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of nausea

Historical Examples of nausea

  • 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



the sensation that precedes vomiting
a feeling of disgust or revulsion

Word Origin for nausea

C16: via Latin from Greek: seasickness, from naus ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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

nausea in Medicine


[nôzē-ə, -zhə, -sē-ə, -shə]


A feeling of sickness characterized by gastrointestinal distress and an urge to vomit.
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nausea in Science


[nôzē-ə, -zhə]

A symptom characterized by gastrointestinal distress and an urge to vomit.
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