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noun Pathology.
  1. a premonitory symptom.
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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
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  • In cases where there had been no prodromal symptoms pointing definitely to dementia prcox the outcome was almost always good.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Sometimes the stupor is preceded by convulsions, at other times by a prodromal stage of general nervousness.

  • One man may steal under the influence of the prodromal stage of paresis who has been previously of high moral character.

  • At the end of the prodromal stage there most usually occurs an attack of acute mania of a furious impulsive kind.

  • Most of the cases during the prodromal stage are sullen, morose or suspicious, and indifferent to their friends and surroundings.

British Dictionary definitions for prodromal


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

Word Origin

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).

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