Definition of syndrome in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪndrəʊm/


1A group of symptoms which consistently occur together, or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms: a rare syndrome in which the production of white blood cells is damaged
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  • A number of rare or uncommon congenital syndromes are associated with decreased platelet production.
  • The immune response produces a syndrome of inflammation at the site of the infection.
  • The investigators used factor analysis to identify a cluster of symptoms and syndromes unique to Gulf War veterans.
1.1A characteristic combination of opinions, emotions, or behaviour: the ‘Not In My Back Yard’ syndrome
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  • Vinegar syndrome only affects films made up to the 1970s, when a different type of film was introduced.
  • I would like to ask other readers if they have experienced road rage trolley syndrome this Christmas?
  • You could as easily call it the Pinter syndrome and it certainly is the BBC syndrome.



Pronunciation: /sɪnˈdrɒmɪk/
Example sentences
  • Actually, sex with one person can give you HIV, a viral condition that reduces the effectiveness of your immune system, which often leads to a number of symptoms and infections generally grouped under the syndromic umbrella of AIDS.
  • Craniosynostosis, the premature fusion of the cranial sutures, is a significant medical problem, occurring in both syndromic and nonsyndromic forms.
  • New York City's innovative approach of combining physician reporting with syndromic surveillance offers a useful model for other major cities to follow.


Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek sundromē, from sun- 'together' + dramein 'to run'.

  • This is a modern Latin word, from Greek sundromē, from sun- ‘together’ and dramein ‘to run’. Other words formed from sun include synopsis (early 17th century) from sun- ‘together’ opsis ‘seeing’, and synthesis (early 17th century) from suntithenai ‘place together’.

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