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a definite pathological process having a characteristic set of signs and symptoms. It may affect the whole body or any of its parts, and its etiology, pathology, and prognosis may be known or unknown. For specific diseases, see under the specific name, as addison's disease. See also illness, mal, sickness, and syndrome.


1. An interruption, cessation, or disorder of a body, system, or organ structure or function.
See also: syndrome. Synonym(s): illness, morbus, sickness
2. A morbid entity ordinarily characterized by two or more of the following criteria: recognized etiologic agent(s), identifiable group of signs and symptoms, or consistent anatomic alterations.
See also: syndrome.
[Eng. dis- priv. + ease]


nosophobia, pathophobia.


/sick·ness/ (sik´nes) disease.
African sleeping sickness  African trypanosomiasis.
air sickness  airsickness.
altitude sickness  a condition due to difficulty adjusting to lowered oxygen pressure at high altitudes; it may take the form of mountain sickness, high-altitude pulmonary edema, or cerebral edema.
car sickness  carsickness.
decompression sickness  divers' paralysis; joint pain, respiratory problems, skin lesions, and neurologic signs, due to rapid reduction of air pressure in a person's environment.
green tobacco sickness  transient, recurring nicotine poisoning in tobacco harvesters.
high-altitude sickness  altitude s.
milk sickness  an acute, often fatal disease in humans after they ingest milk, milk products, or flesh of cattle or sheep who have eaten certain toxic plants; human disease is marked by weakness, anorexia, vomiting, and sometimes muscular tremors.
morning sickness  nausea of early pregnancy.
motion sickness  nausea and malaise due to unaccustomed motion, such as in travel by airplane, automobile, ship, or train.
mountain sickness  a type of high altitude sickness with oliguria, dyspnea, blood pressure and pulse rate changes, and neurological disorders.
radiation sickness  a condition resulting from exposure to a whole-body dose of over 1 gray of ionizing radiation and characterized by the symptoms of the acute radiation syndrome.
sea sickness  seasickness.
serum sickness  a hypersensitivity reaction after administration of foreign serum or serum proteins, marked by urticaria, arthralgia, edema, and lymphadenopathy.
sleeping sickness  increasing lethargy and drowsiness due to a disease process such as African trypanosomiasis or types of encephalomyelitis.


1. The condition of being sick; illness.
2. A disease; a malady.
3. Nausea.


The state of being unwell or in poor health.


Disease. See Air sickness, Altitude decompression sickness, Cybersickness, Decompression sickness, English sweating sickness, Ghost sickness, Green tobacco sickness, Inner ear decompression sickness, Jamaican vomiting sickness, Meditation sickness, Monday morning sickness, Morning sickness, Motion sickness, Mountain sickness, Seasickness, Serum sickness, Space sickness.


1. An interruption, cessation, or disorder of body functions, systems, or organs.
Synonym(s): illness, morbus, sickness.
2. A morbid entity characterized usually by at least two of these criteria: recognized etiologic agent(s), identifiable group of signs and symptoms, or consistent anatomic alterations.
See also: syndrome
[Eng. dis- priv. + ease]


n condition in which an individual experiences bodily malfunction or discomfort.


the role assumed by ill humans; not a term applicable to animals.

Patient discussion about sickness

Q. Is there any way to control the sickness? Hi everybody. I am asking this question from my friend user name. I am 26 and in the first trimester. Whole day sickness hurts me a lot. Smell of any kind of food is horrible. It’s becoming more frustrating; even television commercials make me nauseous. Is there any way to control the sickness?

A. In the first half of pregnancy, sickness and nausea are quite common. For some woman it goes after three months and in very rare cases where woman has the chances of doubles or triplets, nausea and vomiting symptom stays on. Yes, there are ways to control the sickness. Some of them are try to have food in short intervals but make sure not to be hungry. Drink more of fruit juices and water especially lemon. Avoid spicy food and smell that could make you worse. If none of the remedies suggested are going to work out for you, it is better to consult your physician. Hope you get benefited with this.

Q. Is garlic helpful in heart ailments? I have heard that garlic is very good for cardiac health and using in curries or cooked with foods will be helpful. I have also heard that it has anti-inflammatory substances and also helps in weight loss. Is garlic helpful in heart ailments?

A. It acts as antioxidant and reduces the amount of free radicals in your body. It’s helpful once taken raw. But the raw garlic can cause bad breadth and blistering of skin and diarrhea. So, there should be a reduced intake of raw garlic. It’s better to have garlic in a cooked up form like in curries or with vegetables. This will also give the desired benefits of garlic and the side effect of over consumption of garlic will also be reduced.

Q. How is morning sickness treated? I have been suffering from morning sickness all throughout my first 4 weeks of pregnancy. Is there a way to treat morning sickness?

A. Morning sickness during first few weeks of pregnancy is very common. Here is some information about morning sickness and how to deal with it -

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Most reports of sickness absenteeism among hospital workers refer to the nursing staff.
That's why sickness books must be books from your childhood.
I believe that the high levels of sickness are a problem for the whole organisation.
Around four in 10 small businesses reckon that dealing with sickness absence and holiday entitlement is among the most complex aspects of employment law.
On the ambulance service figures, the Conservative AM added: "I can think of no reason why sickness absence rates should be higher with the ambulance service than anywhere else.
Buteba, Kisoko and Osukuru sleeping sickness foci are located in Tororo district in south-east Uganda, an area predominantly infested with G.
In addition to sickness absence,measuringsickness presence may provide a more reliable picture of an organisation's health-related productivity losses.
It will be updated quarterly to give an ongoing picture of sickness absence in the NHS.
2000) present evidence of a procyclical pattern in sickness absence.
Industrial sickness funds declined in the late 1930s, not as a result of the Depression (which benefited the funds as unhealthy workers lost their jobs and their coverage), but instead because commercial insurance companies developed superior actuarial technologies that allowed them to lower the price of their services while also accepting higher risk clients.
Scientists believe that the sickness could be a by-product of changes in the levels of certain hormones, known as HCG (human chronic gonadotropin) and thyroxine, during pregnancy.
Thus was born the concept of the industrial sickness fund.