Definition of pathognomonic in English:


Syllabification: pa·thog·no·mon·ic
Pronunciation: /pəˌTHägnəˈmänik, ˌpaTHəgnə-


  • (Of a sign or symptom) specifically characteristic or indicative of a particular disease or condition.
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    • Point tenderness, a pathognomonic sign of a bone lesion, can be used to localize the fracture.
    • Few tests yield results that are pathognomonic for particular diseases.
    • Even though they are pathognomonic for the disease, their absence should not exclude the diagnosis.


early 17th century: from Greek pathognōmonikos 'skilled in diagnosis', from pathos 'suffering' + gnōmōn 'judge'.

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