[ sin-drohm, -druhm ]
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  1. Pathology, Psychiatry. a group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder, disease, or the like.

  2. a group of related or coincident things, events, actions, etc.

  1. the pattern of symptoms that characterize or indicate a particular social condition.

  2. 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.

Origin of syndrome

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

Other words from syndrome

  • syn·drom·ic [sin-drom-ik], /sɪnˈdrɒm ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use syndrome in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for syndrome


/ (ˈsɪndrəʊm) /

  1. med any combination of signs and symptoms that are indicative of a particular disease or disorder

  2. a symptom, characteristic, or set of symptoms or characteristics indicating the existence of a condition, problem, etc

Origin of syndrome

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

Derived forms of syndrome

  • syndromic (sɪnˈdrɒmɪk), adjective

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Scientific definitions for syndrome


[ sĭndrōm′ ]

  1. 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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