Origin of symptom
Examples from the Web for symptom
“Mistletoe infections can be a symptom of larger problems,” notes Shaw.
Within days of the first symptom, a headache, the patient was fighting for his life.
Hannigan thinks that pretending to be a basketball player was a symptom of a larger confidence issue.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love|Kevin Fallon|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there is no evidence Duncan had a fever, a symptom of the Ebola virus, when he entered the country.
As has been well documented, the first symptom of an Ebola infection is a fever.
This religion of his is a symptom; all of his family have taken to it in the end.
Depression is often the only symptom; to some girls the premonitory "blues" signify the approach of the period.The Social Emergency|Various
This annoyed him intensely and seemed to be the only symptom of his failing health which disturbed him.L'Assommoir|Emile Zola
The thing carries itself to my maturer and gratified sense as with every symptom of soundness, an insolence of health and joy.The Awkward Age|Henry James
The first symptom of meningitis is usually a stiffness of the muscles at the back of the neck.Essays In Pastoral Medicine|Austin Malley
British Dictionary definitions for symptom
Word Origin for symptom
Word Origin and History for symptom
1540s, earlier sinthoma (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin sinthoma "symptom of a disease," from Late Latin symptoma, from Greek symptoma (genitive symptomatos) "a happening, accident, disease," from stem of sympiptein "to befall," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + piptein "to fall," from PIE *pi-pt-, reduplicated form of root *pet- "to rush; to fly" (see petition (n.)). Spelling altered in English by influence of Middle French and Late Latin forms. Symptomatic in general sense of "indicative (of)" is from 1751.