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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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References in classic literature ?
Naini Tal had sent down her contingent with all speed; the lathering ponies of the Dalhousie Road staggered into Pathankot, taxed to the full stretch of their strength; while from cloudy Darjiling the Calcutta Mail whirled up the last straggler of the little army that was to fight a fight, in which was neither medal nor honour for the winning, against an enemy none other than "the sickness that destroyeth in the noonday.
People in Europe desiring to join the excursion--contagious sickness to be avoided--boating at the expense of the ship--physician on board--the circuit of the globe to be made if the passengers unanimously desired it--the company to be rigidly selected by a pitiless "Committee on Applications"--the vessel to be as rigidly selected by as pitiless a "Committee on Selecting Steamer.
It belongs to all the books of the great Norwegian Bjorstjerne Bjornson, whose 'Arne,' and whose 'Happy Boy,' and whose 'Fisher Maiden' I read in this same fortunate sickness.
Sickness, which has made itself teacher and friend to many a man, had made itself teacher and friend to me.
She was in dreadful pain; feeling a burning heat in the stomach and in the throat, together with the same sickness which had troubled her in the early morning.
Old Ebbits shook his head, saying: "Nay, there has been no great sickness.
To admit that species generally become rare before they become extinct -- to feel no surprise at the comparative rarity of one species with another, and yet to call in some extraordinary agent and to marvel greatly when a species ceases to exist, appears to me much the same as to admit that sickness in the individual is the prelude to death -- to feel no surprise at sickness -- but when the sick man dies to wonder, and to believe that he died through violence.
There once had been a period of sickness among the grass-eaters which had left the plains almost bare of game for several years, and again the great cats had increased so rapidly and so overrun the country that their prey, which was also Tarzan's, had been frightened off for a considerable time.
My friend must be suffering from the same sickness that I am
Whether, as the lady had at first persuaded her physicians to believe her ill, they had now, in return, persuaded her to believe herself so, I will not determine; but she continued a whole month with all the decorations of sickness.
The second, which is flat and square and written upon, will stand by you through life, like a good staff for the road, and a good pillow to your head in sickness.
My heart palpitated in the sickness of fear, and I hurried on with irregular steps, not daring to look about me: