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English noun: sickness

1. sickness (state) impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism

Synonymsillness, malady, unwellness

Broader (hypernym)health problem, ill health, unhealthiness

Narrower (hyponym)aeroembolism, ague, air embolism, amyloidosis, anuresis, anuria, bends, caisson disease, catastrophic illness, collapse, condition, decompression sickness, disease, food poisoning, gas embolism, gastrointestinal disorder, growth, hypermotility, indisposition, lead poisoning, ozone sickness, plumbism, prostration, saturnism, toxaemia, toxaemia of pregnancy, toxemia, toxemia of pregnancy

Antonymshealth, wellness

2. sickness (state) defectiveness or unsoundness

SamplesDrugs have become a sickness they cannot cure.
A great sickness of his judgment.

Broader (hypernym)defectiveness, faultiness

3. sickness (state) the state that precedes vomiting


Broader (hypernym)symptom

Narrower (hyponym)kinetosis, morning sickness, motion sickness, qualm, queasiness, squeamishness

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