radiation sickness


nounPathology.
  1. sickness caused by irradiation with x-rays or other nuclear radiation as a result of therapeutic treatment, accidental exposure, or a nuclear bomb explosion and characterized by nausea, vomiting, headache, cramps, diarrhea, loss of hair and teeth, destruction of white blood cells, and prolonged hemorrhage.

Origin of radiation sickness

1
First recorded in 1920–25

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How to use radiation sickness in a sentence

  • radiation sickness is not contagious or infectious, and one person cannot "catch it" from another person.

    In Time Of Emergency | Department of Defense
  • Remember that radiation sickness is not contagious or infectious, and one person cannot "catch it" from another person.

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British Dictionary definitions for radiation sickness

radiation sickness

noun
  1. pathol illness caused by overexposure of the body or a part of the body to ionizing radiations from radioactive material or X-rays. It is characterized by vomiting, diarrhoea, and in severe cases by sterility and cancer

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