Definition of prodrome in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprəʊdrəʊm/
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒdrəʊm/


An early symptom indicating the onset of a disease or illness.
Example sentences
  • Classic outbreaks consist of a skin prodrome and possible constitutional symptoms such as headache, fever, and inguinal lymphadenopathy.
  • 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.
  • Patients usually recall a nonspecific prodrome of malaise, fever, and chest pain, especially in viral or idiopathic pericarditis.



Pronunciation: /prə(ʊ)ˈdrɒmɪk/


Early 17th century: from French, from modern Latin prodromus, from Greek prodromos 'precursor', from pro 'before' + dromos 'running'.

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