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sickness

[ sik-nis ]
/ ˈsɪk nɪs /
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noun

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

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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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Medical definitions for sickness

sickness
[ sĭknĭs ]

n.

The condition of being sick; illness.
A disease or an illness.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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