[ proh-drohm ]

  1. an early symptom that signals the onset of an illness or disease; a symptom or series of symptoms that precedes the more obvious, diagnosable symptoms that develop along with the condition: A bout of headaches and/or fatigue is not an unusual prodrome of Lyme disease.

Origin of prodrome

First recorded in 1635–45; from French, from New Latin prodromus, noun use of Greek pródromos “running before”; see pro-2, -drome

Other words from prodrome

  • prod·ro·mal [proh-droh-muhl], /proʊˈdroʊ məl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for prodrome


/ (ˈprəʊdrəʊm) /

  1. med any symptom that signals the impending onset of a disease

Origin of prodrome

C19: via French from New Latin prodromus, from Greek prodromos forerunner, from pro- ² + dramein to run

Derived forms of prodrome

  • prodromal or prodromic (prəʊˈdrɒmɪk), adjective

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