sickness

[ sik-nis ]
/ ˈsɪk nɪs /

noun

a particular disease or malady.
the state or an instance of being sick; illness.
nausea; queasiness.

Nearby words

  1. sickle-hocked,
  2. sicklebill,
  3. sicklemia,
  4. sickling,
  5. sickly,
  6. sickness benefit,
  7. sicko,
  8. sickout,
  9. sickroom,
  10. sicut patribus, sit deus nobis

Origin of sickness

before 1000; Middle English siknesse, seknesse, Old English sēocnesse. See sick1, -ness

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British Dictionary definitions for sickness

sickness

/ (ˈsɪknɪs) /

noun

an illness or disease
nausea or queasiness
the state or an instance of being sick
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Word Origin and History for sickness

sickness

n.

Old English seocnes "sickness, disease; a disease;" see sick (adj.) and -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sickness

sickness

[ sĭknĭs ]

n.

The condition of being sick; illness.
A disease or an illness.

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