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decompression sickness, illness
a disorder characterized by severe pain in muscles and joints, cramp, and difficulty in breathing, caused by a sudden and sustained decrease in air pressure, resulting in the deposition of nitrogen bubbles in the tissues
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illnessthe state of feeling physically or emotionally unwell or sick, and, as such, different from having or suffering from a disease. The word ‘ill’ originally meant ‘evil’ or ‘morally harmful’. Although they are not completely different categories, sociologists distinguish between illness as a social category, and disease as a medical category The latter refers to clinical conditions and pathologies which are described, classified and published as a branch of medical expertise. Illness refers to the subjective experience of sickness, disease or bad health, and to socially and culturally generated and expressed concepts of physical, social and psychological abnormality. See also SICK ROLE, TRIVIAL CONSULTATION, SYMPTOM ICEBERG, SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
What does it mean when you dream about illness?
Dreams of illness may suggest that the dreamer should pay attention to health matters especially to the areas of the body revealed in the dream. (See also Infection, Vaccination).
The Dream Encyclopedia, Second Edition © 2009 Visible Ink Press®. All rights reserved.
The state of being sick.
A sickness, disease, or disorder.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
If you are ill in your dream, please pay attention to your health. At times our unconscious gives us warnings before we are consciously aware of any symptoms. Emotional health can also be included in such dreams, so take care of your relationships and express your feelings in positive ways. If someone you care about is ill in your dream, maybe you are concerned about losing the support and love of that person.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.