Definition of symptom in English:

symptom

noun

Medicine
  • 1A physical or mental feature that is regarded as indicating a condition of disease, particularly such a feature that is apparent to the patient.

    ‘dental problems may be a symptom of other illness’
    Compare with sign
    • ‘How can one pick out the symptoms of mental illness in patients who seem otherwise normal?’
    • ‘These consultations should not be contingent on the patient developing new symptoms.’
    • ‘We carried out a secondary analysis of the treatment of behavioural and physical symptoms.’
    • ‘When a patient describes all these symptoms the diagnosis should be straightforward.’
    • ‘Patients whose main symptoms are aching or oedema may benefit from compression hosiery.’
    • ‘One day, he was consulted by a young woman with the symptoms of heart disease.’
    • ‘Thus the test does not seem to be helpful when assessing patients with urological symptoms.’
    • ‘Patients should be advised that this is a real condition and that their symptoms are not imaginary.’
    • ‘We were astonished by the severity of heartburn and other symptoms in our patients.’
    • ‘Fortunately, there is a range of products available to treat the symptoms of hay fever.’
    • ‘The businessman was in stable condition with no fever, one of the major symptoms of the disease.’
    • ‘They are often found in patients who have no symptoms of gallbladder disease.’
    • ‘Acupuncture is mainly used for treating conditions in which symptoms are the main problem.’
    • ‘The infection may be passed on without causing meningitis or any symptoms of the disease.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a terminal illness.’
    • ‘The initial symptoms of acute mountain sickness are warning signs to be heeded carefully.’
    • ‘The characteristic symptom of scarlet fever is a fine rash on the body that feels like sandpaper to touch.’
    • ‘The symptoms of valve disease depend on which valve is affected, and how severely.’
    • ‘Patients may have had symptoms from a few days to several weeks before presentation.’
    • ‘This may be the first symptom of sickle cell disease in babies, who also may develop a fever.’
    manifestation, indication, indicator, sign, mark, feature, trait
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    1. 1.1 A sign of the existence of something, especially of an undesirable situation.
      ‘the government was plagued by leaks—a symptom of divisions and poor morale’
      • ‘The anger or the hatred is in a sense a symptom or a product of the situation that they're caught in.’
      • ‘The difference between federal assistance and marketing is a symptom of the income shortage farmers and ranchers are experiencing in this country today.’
      • ‘It was not a harbinger, it was a symptom of the move from a bipolar to a unipolar world.’
      • ‘The November 6 vote is a symptom of a far deeper malaise in Australian politics.’
      • ‘Well worth reading on as he beautifully expresses what I now think is a pretty universal symptom.’
      expression, sign, indication, mark, token, manifestation
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Origin

Late Middle English synthoma, from medieval Latin, based on Greek sumptōma chance, symptom from sumpiptein happen; later influenced by French symptome.

Pronunciation:

symptom

/ˈsim(p)təm/