[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. symposiast,
  2. symposium,
  3. symptom,
  4. symptom complex,
  5. symptom formation,
  6. symptomatic anthrax,
  7. symptomatic porphyria,
  8. symptomatic pruritus,
  9. symptomatic reaction,
  10. symptomatize

Sometimes symp·to·mat·i·cal.

Origin of symptomatic

1690–1700; < Medieval Latin symptōmaticus, equivalent to Late Latin symptōmat- (stem of symptōma) symptom + -icus -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for nonsymptomatic


/ (ˌsɪmptəˈmætɪk) /


(often foll by of) being a symptom; indicativesymptomatic of insanity
of or relating to a symptom or symptoms
according to symptomsa symptomatic analysis of a case
Derived Formssymptomatically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for nonsymptomatic



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

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Medicine definitions for nonsymptomatic


[ sĭm′tə-mătĭk, sĭmp′- ]


Of, relating to, or based on symptoms.
Constituting a symptom, as of a disease.

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