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sickness

noun
     
Related topics: Illness and Disability
sick‧ness
1 [uncountable] the state of being ill [= illness]:
an insurance policy against long-term sickness and injury
working days lost due to sickness
2 [uncountable] the feeling that you are about to bring up food from your stomach, or the act of bringing food up [= nausea]
travel/motion/car/sea etc sickness (=sickness that some people get while travelling)
Liam had suffered violent sickness and diarrhoea.
morning sickness, sleeping sickness
3 [countable] a particular illness:
war-related sicknesses
4 [uncountable and countable] the serious problems and weaknesses of a social, political, or economic system:
He said the idea of 'success' was part of the sickness of Western cultures.

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