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One entry found for nausea.
Main Entry: nau·sea
Pronunciation: primarystressnodot-zemacron-schwa, -semacron-schwa; primarystressnodot-zhschwa, -shschwa
Function: noun
Etymology: from Latin nausea "seasickness, the stomach upset that causes an urge to vomit," from Greek nausia, nautia (same meaning), literally "ship sickness," from naus "ship" --related to ASTRONAUT, NAUTICAL, NOISE --see Word History at NOISE
1 : a disturbed condition of the stomach in which one feels like vomiting
2 : extreme disgust
Word History The ancient Greeks were a seagoing people, so seasickness was not rare for them. Their word for seasickness, nausia or nautia, came from their word for ship, naus. But nautia or nausia also meant the worst symptom of seasickness, the stomach upset and urge to vomit. Nausea, as we call this feeling in English, can be caused by something other than the motion of a ship. The ancient Greeks and the ancient Romans, who spoke Latin, needed only one word for both sea-sickness and the upset in the stomach. The Romans borrowed the Greek word, spelling it nausea in Latin. English took the word directly from Latin.

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