noun Pathology.

a premonitory symptom.

Origin of prodrome

1635–45; < French < New Latin prodromus, noun use of Greek pródromos running before. See pro-2, -drome
Related formsprod·ro·mal [prod-ruh-muh l, pruh-droh-] /ˈprɒd rə məl, prəˈdroʊ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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med any symptom that signals the impending onset of a disease
Derived Formsprodromal or prodromic (prəʊˈdrɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for prodrome

C19: via French from New Latin prodromus, from Greek prodromos forerunner, from pro- ² + dramein to run
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Word Origin and History for prodromal

1717, from Modern Latin prodromus "a running forward" (see prodrome) + -al (1).



1640s, from French prodrome (16c.), from Modern Latin prodromus, from Greek prodromos "a running forward, a sally, sudden attack," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + dromos "a running" (see dromedary).

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prodromal in Medicine



n. pl. pro•dromes

An early symptom indicating the onset of an attack or disease.
Related formspro•dromal (-drōməl) null adj.
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