[ UK /ˈɒnsɛt/ ]
[ US /ˈɑnˌsɛt, ˈɔnˌsɛt/ ]
NOUN
  1. the beginning or early stages
    the onset of pneumonia
  2. (military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)
    the attack began at dawn
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How To Use onset In A Sentence

  • Women who have a history of early-onset premenstrual mood disturbances and dysmenorrhea are more likely to experience an improvement in their premenstrual mood.
  • Type 2 used to be called adult onset diabetes, but we can't call it that anymore because it is onsetting with adolescents and even preteen kids. Campaigning for a Healthier America
  • She had waited here in the orchard since dawn and she was prepared to go on waiting until moonset if necessary. The Night Of the Solstice
  • In fact, the cause of sleep paralysis is "a marked dissociation between level of alertness and muscle atonia that often occurs in SOREM (sleep onset - REM) sleep episodes (1). Serendip's Exchange
  • The death of the melanocyte stem cells causes the onset of greying. Times, Sunday Times
  • Some patients have asystole from the onset of arrest and are unsuitable for defibrillation by the ambulance crew or bystanders.
  • An elderly monk presented with a sharp thoracic back pain of sudden onset and shortness of breath.
  • Boll W, Griffin AM, Kirchhausen T (2006) A burst of auxilin recruitment determines the onset of clathrin-coated vesicle uncoating. PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles
  • Thus, our strong emphasis on onset clusters succeeded in inducing a small but reliable transfer effect.
  • Illness is characterized by abrupt onset of fever, myalgia and headache.
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