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[simp-tuh-mat-ik] /ˌsɪmp təˈmæt ɪk/
pertaining to a symptom or symptoms.
of the nature of or constituting a symptom; indicative (often fol by of):
a condition symptomatic of cholera; a disagreement that was symptomatic of the deterioration in their relationship.
according to symptoms:
a symptomatic classification of disease.
Sometimes, symptomatical.
Origin of symptomatic
1690-1700; < Medieval Latin symptōmaticus, equivalent to Late Latin symptōmat- (stem of symptōma) symptom + -icus -ic
Related forms
symptomatically, adverb
nonsymptomatic, adjective
presymptomatic, adjective
pseudosymptomatic, adjective
unsymptomatic, adjective
unsymptomatical, adjective
unsymptomatically, adverb Unabridged
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  • symptomatically it marks the wearer as a person who is mentally lacking.

  • Further comparison shows the night wandering as symptomatically similar to hysterical and hypnotic somnambulism.

    Sleep Walking and Moon Walking Isidor Isaak Sadger
  • symptomatically, its principal feature consists in a general disturbance of the uropoietic functions.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for symptomatically


(often foll by of) being a symptom; indicative: symptomatic of insanity
of or relating to a symptom or symptoms
according to symptoms: a symptomatic analysis of a case
Derived Forms
symptomatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for symptomatically



1690s, from French symptomatique or directly from Late Latin symptomaticus, from symptomat-, stem of symptoma (see symptom). Related: Symptomatical (1580s).

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symptomatically in Medicine

symptomatic symp·to·mat·ic (sĭm'tə-māt'ĭk, sĭmp'-)

  1. Of, relating to, or based on symptoms.

  2. Constituting a symptom, as of a disease.

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