- 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
- the sensation that precedes vomiting
- a feeling of disgust or revulsion
Word Origin and History for nauseas
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.
nausea(nô′zē-ə, -zhə, -sē-ə, -shə)
- A feeling of sickness characterized by gastrointestinal distress and an urge to vomit.
- A symptom characterized by gastrointestinal distress and an urge to vomit.