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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
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1. The condition of being sick; illness.
2. A disease; a malady.
3. Nausea.
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The state of being unwell or in poor health.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

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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Across all NHS trusts in England, 17.7 million days were lost to sickness in 2018/19.
"The pension fund values its members' welfare, including their health and well-being, as acquiring sickness or injury is sometimes inevitable due to the demands of their job.
'A qualified member under the Sickness Benefit program receives a daily cash allowance for the number of days he or she is unable to work due to sickness or injury,' the SSS said.
To qualify for sickness benefit, a member must have been unable to work due to an illness for at least four days whether at home or in a hospital has at least three monthly contributions within the 12 month period immediately before the semester of illness and has notified his or her employer and the SSS within five days after the start of sickness or injury.
The report firstly introduced the Motion Sickness Treatment basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on.
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If you think you have altitude sickness, stop and rest where you are.
Reports on social media and residents' Facebook groups have also suggested that a number children and some adults throughout the village have recently contracted a sickness bug.
According to the ONS: "[Sickness] rates in the private sector could be lower as workers are less likely to be paid for a spell of sickness. There may also be an increase in presenteeism, where people go to work even though they are ill."
The ONS also uses another measure to assess sickness absence, the so-called sickness absence rate, which is the proportion of working hours lost due to sickness.
The ONS measure the so-called sickness absence rate - the proportion of working hours lost due to sickness.
There were 469 episodes of sickness absence among the clinical staff at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) in 2016 - up 59% from 295 in 2015 - the highest number for at least three years.