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Meaning of symptom by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Ancient Greek σύμπτωμα ( sumptōma, “a happening, accident, symptom of disease” ), from stem of συμπίπτω ( sumpiptō, “Ι befall” ), from συν- ( sun-, “together” ) + πίπτω ( piptō, “I fall” ) .


    symptom ( plural: symptoms )

    1. ( medicine ) A perceived change in some function, sensation or appearance of a person that indicates a disease or disorder, such as fever, headache or rash .
    2. Anything that indicates, or is characteristic of, the presence of something else, especially of something undesirable .



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    • symptom in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • symptom in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of symptom by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. anything that accompanies X and is regarded as an indication of X's existence

    2. any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

    Definition of symptom by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Symptom n. [F. symptôme, Gr. anything that has befallen one, a chance, causality, symptom, fr. to fall together; σύν with + to fall; akin to Skr. pat to fly, to fall. See Syn-, and cf. Asymptote, Feather.]
      1. ( Med. ) Any affection which accompanies disease; a perceptible change in the body or its functions, which indicates disease, or the kind or phases of disease; as, “the causes of disease often lie beyond our sight, but we learn their nature by the symptoms exhibited”.

      Like the sick man, we are expiring with all sorts of good symptoms. Swift.

      2. A sign or token; that which indicates the existence of something else; as, “corruption in elections is a symptom of the decay of public virtue”.

      Syn. -- Mark; note; sign; token; indication.