Definition of symptomatic in US English:



  • 1Serving as a symptom or sign, especially of something undesirable.

    ‘the closings are symptomatic of a decaying city’
    • ‘I feel this to be symptomatic of the ‘every man for himself’ attitude that prevails in society today.’
    • ‘Both represent desirable objects, symptomatic of consumerism and excess.’
    • ‘Analysts argued the foreign currency issues were symptomatic of a lack of controls and a poor culture within the bank.’
    • ‘For Poe the physical decay of the house was symptomatic of the decline of the Usher family.’
    • ‘It's the kind of evasion that's symptomatic of Hall's biggest problem.’
    • ‘But it is symptomatic of wider troubles, in which the Prime Minister seems to be assailed in every direction he turns.’
    • ‘Images that traditionally evoke nostalgia become symptomatic of inevitable decay.’
    • ‘The crisis that has emerged is symptomatic of New Labour's policy of increasing the privatisation of education.’
    • ‘To play well when the decisive league game is over, critics argue, is symptomatic of a personality lacking the qualities of true winner.’
    • ‘Rather than a flaw on the part of Mayo, this is more likely symptomatic of the unpredictability of underage football.’
    • ‘However, he says it was symptomatic of a huge culture gap between the Australian generals and not just himself but several key players.’
    • ‘It is absolutely symptomatic of the double-standards inherent in a society where a woman's worth is measured by her ability to adorn.’
    • ‘They are silenced and their anger is considered symptomatic of delinquency.’
    • ‘Their conduct was symptomatic of the unprincipled character of the entire project.’
    • ‘It is symptomatic of the larger political climate in our society.’
    • ‘The Times sees this as symptomatic of how all-pervasive computers and the internet have become for the younger’
    • ‘The tough policy is symptomatic of a new war on Jamaican Yardies that is being waged by police, as revealed by the Yorkshire Post last Saturday.’
    • ‘The experience of mother-of-three Jane Foot is symptomatic of the piecemeal approach to sex education in this country.’
    • ‘I mean, when you really look at this, this is symptomatic of a larger problem.’
    • ‘Such contradictions are symptomatic of an epoch at the end of its life. It has outlived its usefulness.’
    indicative, signalling, warning, characteristic, suggestive, typical, representative, symbolic
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    1. 1.1 Exhibiting or involving symptoms.
      ‘patients with symptomatic celiac disease’
      ‘symptomatic patients’
      • ‘The registry included patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic pulmonary embolism.’
      • ‘Digoxin has an important role in the symptomatic treatment of patients with heart failure and atrial fibrillation.’
      • ‘Other foods and the presence of suitable microflora in the colon can cause patients to be more symptomatic.’
      • ‘Eventually, this further weakens the heart and body, and the patient becomes symptomatic.’
      • ‘If the patient shows evidence of symptomatic hypovolemia, blood should be sent for type and cross.’
      • ‘The patient was treated with physical therapy and obtained symptomatic relief.’
      • ‘Our patients generally reported good symptomatic relief of dyspnea and other complaints.’
      • ‘Past medical history revealed symptomatic osteoarthritis of her large extremity joints.’
      • ‘All patients were symptomatic prior to the initial diagnosis of intracranial tumor.’
      • ‘The author concludes that all symptomatic or likely symptomatic patients should be treated.’
      • ‘Patients with symptomatic retinal tears are at high risk of progression to retinal detachment.’
      • ‘He had been given allergy medications, but only symptomatic relief was obtained.’
      • ‘Emerging treatments may provide alternative symptomatic improvement for some patients.’
      • ‘More than one half of symptomatic patients with interstitial cystitis have depression.’
      • ‘Patients with symptomatic gallstones are more likely to develop biliary complications.’
      • ‘Blood transfusion may be appropriate for symptomatic anaemia.’
      • ‘This remains the most common presentation of tubal pregnancy in symptomatic patients.’
      • ‘Currently, surgical decompression is appropriate for many symptomatic patients.’
      • ‘Patients are rarely symptomatic before 15 years from the time of initial exposure.’
      • ‘Radiation of pain to the testicles is present in about 30 percent of symptomatic patients.’