pertaining to a symptom or symptoms.
of the nature of or constituting a symptom; indicative (often fol by of): a condition symptomatic of cholera; a disagreement that was symptomatic of the deterioration in their relationship.
according to symptoms: a symptomatic classification of disease.

Sometimes symp·to·mat·i·cal.

Origin of symptomatic

1690–1700; < Medieval Latin symptōmaticus, equivalent to Late Latin symptōmat- (stem of symptōma) symptom + -icus -ic
Related formssymp·to·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·symp·to·mat·ic, adjectivepre·symp·to·mat·ic, adjectivepseu·do·symp·to·mat·ic, adjectiveun·symp·to·mat·ic, adjectiveun·symp·to·mat·i·cal, adjectiveun·symp·to·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(often foll by of) being a symptom; indicativesymptomatic of insanity
of or relating to a symptom or symptoms
according to symptomsa symptomatic analysis of a case
Derived Formssymptomatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for symptomatic

1690s, from French symptomatique or directly from Late Latin symptomaticus, from symptomat-, stem of symptoma (see symptom). Related: Symptomatical (1580s).

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Medicine definitions for symptomatic


[sĭm′tə-mătĭk, sĭmp′-]


Of, relating to, or based on symptoms.
Constituting a symptom, as of a disease.
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