[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. naumachy,
  2. naumannite,
  3. nauplius,
  4. nauru,
  5. nauruan,
  6. nausea anesthesia,
  7. nausea gravidarum,
  8. nauseam,
  9. nauseant,
  10. nauseate

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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British Dictionary definitions for nausea


/ (ˈnɔːzɪə, -sɪə) /


the sensation that precedes vomiting
a feeling of disgust or revulsion

Word Origin for nausea

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

Medicine definitions for nausea


[ nôzē-ə, -zhə, -sē-ə, -shə ]


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

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Science definitions for nausea


[ nôzē-ə, -zhə ]

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