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


  1. a feeling of sickness in the stomach, especially when accompanied by a loathing for food and an involuntary impulse to vomit.
  2. extreme disgust; loathing; repugnance.


/ -sɪə; ˈnɔːzɪə /


  1. the sensation that precedes vomiting
  2. a feeling of disgust or revulsion


/ zē-ə,-zhə /

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nausea1

First recorded in 1560–70; from Latin nausea, nausia, from unattested Greek nausíā (Ionic nausíē ) “seasickness,” derivative of naûs “ship”; -ia

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nausea1

C16: via Latin from Greek: seasickness, from naus ship

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Example Sentences

In large amounts, these chemicals can cause botulism, an illness that may produce nausea, vomiting, and in severe cases, fatal paralysis of vital muscles.

Some good signs that you need one would be if you have serious fatigue, nausea, or headaches after working out.

They found active gut infection in seven patients, some of whom had no nausea, diarrhea or other digestive symptoms.

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A trained acupuncture practitioner will target specific points to help relieve issues like back pain, headaches, and nausea.

Barrio Logan residents, just adjacent to the port, reported nausea and headaches, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Just pay attention to potential side effects such as dizziness or nausea.

Yes, gridlock frustration and national debt nausea are understandable.

The anti-nausea medicine, added to the I.V. a little bit later, has clearly worked.

A 1975 article in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that THC is an effective anti-nausea therapy.

If I was intensely sick, they might feel generous enough to call the medical team to give me a shot to stop the nausea.

After his interview with Eloise, the Colonel had complained of nausea and faintness, and had gone early to bed.

He buckled dizzily with weakness and nausea, but then an invisible force jolted him upright and motionless.

The only unpleasant effect that I have noted is nausea after large doses, sixty drops or more, and this in very few patients.

But she trod down the momentary nausea with the resolute will that had always been hers.

Slight nausea and pain in the back, headache and a soupçon of chill.


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More About Nausea

What does nausea mean?

Nausea is a feeling of sickness in your stomach, as if you might vomit.

People can experience nausea from food that has upset their stomach, from the side effects of medications, or from a number of other conditions that affect the stomach, such as seasickness, motion sickness, morning sickness, carsickness, and anxiety.

To have nausea is to feel nauseous or nauseated. To nauseate is to cause nausea. Things that cause nausea can be described as nauseating (or, less commonly, nauseous).

The word nausea can also be used in a figurative way meaning a feeling of disgust, revulsion, or repulsion, as in I felt a sense of nausea wash over me when witnessing their cruelty.  

Example: If you feel nausea coming on, try lying down and breathing through your nose.

Where does nausea come from?

The first records of the word nausea come from the 1500s. It is thought to derive from the Greek nausíā, meaning “seasickness,” from naûs, meaning “ship” (the same root is the basis of the word nautical).

Nausea makes you feel like you might throw up, but it doesn’t always end in throwing up. It’s a terrible feeling and it can be caused by very different things, including bad food, inner ear problems, and stress.

The figurative sense of nausea is not that commonly used. When someone experiences this kind of nausea, it’s more common to describe them as nauseated or to describe the thing that’s causing the figurative nausea as nauseating.

Notably, Nausea is the title of a 1938 existentialist novel by Jean-Paul Sartre whose main character experiences literal, figurative, and metaphorical nausea.

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How is nausea used in real life?

The word nausea is most commonly used in a literal sense in the context of someone who feels like they might vomit.



Try using nausea!

Which of the following words can be used as a synonym of the figurative sense of nausea?

A. disgust
B. repulsion
C. revulsion
D. all of the above




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