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nausea

When you feel like you might throw up, that's nausea. I know you're feeling sea sick, but if our boat sinks, nausea will be the least of your problems.

Nausea gets its root from the Greek word for ship, naus, so it might have originally meant sea sickness in particular. Remembering this origin might help you spell nausea correctly too, since it ends with “sea.” But nausea can strike on dry land just as well, from eating the wrong thing, catching the flu, reading on a moving bus . . . just thinking of it all makes me sick to my stomach.

Definitions of nausea
  1. noun
    the state that precedes vomiting
    synonyms: sickness
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    kinetosis, motion sickness
    the state of being dizzy or nauseated because of the motions that occur while traveling in or on a moving vehicle
    morning sickness
    nausea early in the day; a characteristic symptom in the early months of pregnancy
    qualm, queasiness, squeamishness
    a mild state of nausea
    air sickness, airsickness
    motion sickness experienced while traveling by air (especially during turbulence)
    car sickness
    motion sickness experienced while traveling in a car
    mal de mer, naupathia, seasickness
    motion sickness experienced while traveling on water
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    symptom
    (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
  2. noun
    disgust so strong it makes you feel sick
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    disgust
    strong feelings of dislike
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