- any phenomenon or circumstance accompanying something and serving as evidence of it.
- a sign or indication of something.
- Pathology. a phenomenon that arises from and accompanies a particular disease or disorder and serves as an indication of it.
Origin of symptom
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Examples from the Web for symptom
“Mistletoe infections can be a symptom of larger problems,” notes Shaw.Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants
December 21, 2014
Within days of the first symptom, a headache, the patient was fighting for his life.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 8-14, 2014
December 13, 2014
Hannigan thinks that pretending to be a basketball player was a symptom of a larger confidence issue.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love
November 18, 2014
But there is no evidence Duncan had a fever, a symptom of the Ebola virus, when he entered the country.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: October 26
October 26, 2014
As has been well documented, the first symptom of an Ebola infection is a fever.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: October 19
October 19, 2014
It may be that this same insensibility was a symptom of the disease.The Man of Adamant
Not a symptom of disobedience during the rest of the voyage.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
Precocity is sometimes a symptom of disease rather than of intellectual vigour.Self-Help
I have spoken of the lack of prayer in the individual Christian as a symptom of a disease.
And what is now the disease of which the lack of prayer is the symptom?
- med any sensation or change in bodily function experienced by a patient that is associated with a particular diseaseCompare sign (def. 9)
- any phenomenon or circumstance accompanying something and regarded as evidence of its existence; indication
Word Origin and History for symptom
1540s, earlier sinthoma (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin sinthoma "symptom of a disease," from Late Latin symptoma, from Greek symptoma (genitive symptomatos) "a happening, accident, disease," from stem of sympiptein "to befall," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + piptein "to fall," from PIE *pi-pt-, reduplicated form of root *pet- "to rush; to fly" (see petition (n.)). Spelling altered in English by influence of Middle French and Late Latin forms. Symptomatic in general sense of "indicative (of)" is from 1751.
- A subjective indication of a disorder or disease, such as pain, nausea, or weakness.
- A subjective indication of a disorder or disease, such as pain, nausea or weakness. Symptoms may be accompanied by objective signs of disease such as abnormal laboratory test results or findings during a physical examination. Compare sign.