[ sin-drohm, -druh m ]
/ ˈsɪn droʊm, -drəm /


Pathology, Psychiatry. a group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder, disease, or the like.
a group of related or coincident things, events, actions, etc.
the pattern of symptoms that characterize or indicate a particular social condition.
a predictable, characteristic pattern of behavior, action, etc., that tends to occur under certain circumstances: the retirement syndrome of endless golf and bridge games; the feast-or-famine syndrome of big business.


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Origin of syndrome

1535–45; < New Latin < Greek syndromḗ concurrence, combination, equivalent to syn- syn- + drom-, base meaning “run” (see -drome) + feminine noun suffix


syn·drom·ic [sin-drom-ik] /sɪnˈdrɒm ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for syndrome

/ (ˈsɪndrəʊm) /


med any combination of signs and symptoms that are indicative of a particular disease or disorder
a symptom, characteristic, or set of symptoms or characteristics indicating the existence of a condition, problem, etc

Derived forms of syndrome

syndromic (sɪnˈdrɒmɪk), adjective

Word Origin for syndrome

C16: via New Latin from Greek sundromē, literally: a running together, from syn- + dramein to run
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Medical definitions for syndrome

[ sĭndrōm′ ]


A group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, a psychological disorder, or another abnormal condition.

Other words from syndrome

syn•dromic (-drōmĭk, -drŏmĭk) adj.
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Scientific definitions for syndrome

[ sĭndrōm′ ]

An abnormal condition or disease that is identified by an established group of signs and symptoms.
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Cultural definitions for syndrome

[ (sin-drohm) ]

A set of signs and symptoms that appear together and characterize a disease or medical condition. AIDS is an example of a syndrome.

notes for syndrome

A collection of attitudes or behaviors that go together is often called a syndrome.
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