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pathognomonic

[ puh-thog-nuh-mon-ik ]
/ pəˌθɒg nəˈmɒn ɪk /
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adjective

Medicine/Medical. characteristic or diagnostic of a specific disease: a pathognomonic sign of pneumonia.

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Origin of pathognomonic

First recorded in 1615–25, pathognomonic is from the Greek word pathognōmonikós skilled in judging disease. See patho-, gnomon, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM pathognomonic

pa·thog·no·mon·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for pathognomonic

pathognomonic
/ (ˌpæθəɡnəˈmɒnɪk) /

adjective

pathol characteristic or indicative of a particular disease

Derived forms of pathognomonic

pathognomonically, adverb

Word Origin for pathognomonic

C17: from Greek pathognōmonikos expert in judging illness, from patho- + gnōmōn judge
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Medical definitions for pathognomonic

pathognomonic
[ pə-thŏg′nə-mŏnĭk, păth′əg-nō- ]

adj.

Characteristic or symptomatic of a particular disease or condition.
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