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  1. the branch of medical science dealing with symptoms.
  2. the collective symptoms of a patient or disease.
Compare syndrome.

Origin of symptomatology

1790–1800; < New Latin symptōmatologia, equivalent to Late Latin symptōmat- (stem of symptōma) symptom + -o- -o- + -logia -logy
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Examples from the Web for symptomatology

Historical Examples

  • These changes are considered again under the symptomatology of scurvy.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

  • That the pain of gastric ulcer has not always these characteristics has been mentioned under the Symptomatology.

  • During this period of active anatomical research the symptomatology of gastric cancer was not neglected.

  • The opposition between these two nosological types is also seen in the rest of their symptomatology.

  • An excellent example of this interrelationship is the “epidemic” of hemorrhagic scurvy described in the chapter on symptomatology.

    Scurvy Past and Present

    Alfred Fabian Hess

British Dictionary definitions for symptomatology



  1. the branch of medicine concerned with the study and classification of the symptoms of disease
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Word Origin and History for symptomatology


1798, from Modern Latin symptomatologia, from symptomat-, stem of symptoma (see symptom) + -logia (see -logy).

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symptomatology in Medicine


(sĭm′tə-mə-tŏlə-jē, sĭmp′-)
  1. The medical science of symptoms.
  2. The combined symptoms of a disease.
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