- Fighting is an example of a symptom of marital breakdown that leads to divorce.
- A cough is an example of a symptom of a cold.
- any circumstance, event, or condition that accompanies something and indicates its existence or occurrence; sign; indication
- Med. any condition accompanying or resulting from a disease or a physical disorder and serving as an aid in diagnosis
Origin of symptomaltered (infl. by Late Latin or Gr) from Middle English symthoma from Medieval Latin sinthoma from Late Latin symptoma from Classical Greek sympt?ma, anything that has befallen one, casualty from sympiptein, to fall together, happen from syn-, together + piptein, to fall: see feather
- An indication of a disorder or disease, especially a subjective one such as pain, nausea, or weakness.
- A characteristic sign or indication of the existence of something else: drought and erratic rainfall as symptoms of climate change.
Origin of symptomMiddle English sinthoma symptom of a disease from Medieval Latin sinthōma from Late Latin symptōma from Greek sumptōma sumptōmat- a happening, symptom of a disease from sumpiptein sumptō- to coincide sun- syn- piptein to fall ; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
From Ancient Greek ÏƒÏÎ¼Ï€Ï„Ï‰Î¼Î± (sumptÅma, “a happening, accident, symptom of disease"), from stem of ÏƒÏ…Î¼Ï€Î¯Ï€Ï„Ï‰ (sumpiptÅ, “Î™ befall"), from ÏƒÏ…Î½- (sun-, “together") + Ï€Î¯Ï€Ï„Ï‰ (piptÅ, “I fall").