Definition of prodrome in English:


Pronunciation /ˈprɒdrəʊm//ˈprəʊdrəʊm/


  • An early symptom indicating the onset of a disease or illness.

    • ‘Patients usually recall a nonspecific prodrome of malaise, fever, and chest pain, especially in viral or idiopathic pericarditis.’
    • ‘For the majority of transplant recipients, a prodrome of fever, malaise, and myalgias frequently precedes the onset of pneumonitis, which is heralded by nonproductive cough and dyspnea.’
    • ‘Classic outbreaks consist of a skin prodrome and possible constitutional symptoms such as headache, fever, and inguinal lymphadenopathy.’
    • ‘Vasovagal syncope has three distinct phases: a prodrome, loss of consciousness, and a postsyncopal phase.’
    • ‘There is often a systemic prodrome of fever, malaise and myalgias one to two days before the appearance of lesions.’
    introduction, opening remarks, preliminary remarks, preparatory remarks, opening statement, preliminary statement, preparatory statement, preliminaries, preface, lead-in, overture, prologue
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Early 17th century: from French, from modern Latin prodromus, from Greek prodromos ‘precursor’, from pro ‘before’ + dromos ‘running’.