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radiation sickness

Definitions of radiation sickness
  1. noun
    syndrome resulting from exposure to ionizing radiation (e.g., exposure to radioactive chemicals or to nuclear explosions); low doses cause diarrhea and nausea and vomiting and sometimes loss of hair; greater exposure can cause sterility and cataracts and some forms of cancer and other diseases; severe exposure can cause death within hours
    synonyms: radiation, radiation syndrome
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    type of:
    syndrome
    a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease
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