sick building syndromesick building syndrome
a condition affecting occupants of a particular building and characterized variously by headaches, fatigue, respiratory ailments, dermatitis, etc.: often attributed to bacteria or other contaminants circulated by air-conditioning systems
also written sick′-build′ing syndrome
sick building syndrome
An illness affecting workers in office buildings, characterized by skin irritations, headache, and respiratory problems, and thought to be caused by indoor pollutants, microorganisms, or inadequate ventilation. Also called building sickness.