Symptom meaning

sĭmtəm, sĭmp-
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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.

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Any circumstance, event, or condition that accompanies something and indicates its existence or occurrence; sign; indication.
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(med.) Any condition accompanying or resulting from a disease or a physical disorder and serving as an aid in diagnosis.
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A subjective indication of a disorder or disease, such as pain, nausea or weakness. Symptoms may be accompanied by objective signs of disease such as abnormal laboratory test results or findings during a physical examination.
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A characteristic sign or indication of the existence of something else.

Drought and erratic rainfall as symptoms of climate change.

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(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.
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Anything that indicates, or is characteristic of, the presence of something else, especially of something undesirable.
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An indication of a disorder or disease, especially a subjective one such as pain, nausea, or weakness.
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Origin of symptom

  • Middle 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 pet- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary