- The definition of a symptom is a characteristic sign of something, especially a physical or mental sign of an illness.
- 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 symptōma, 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.
- Treatment of symptoms versus treatment of cause
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”).