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Syllabification: symp·tom
Pronunciation: /ˈsim(p)təm

Definition of symptom in English:


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 (sense 1) of the noun).
More example sentences
  • They are often found in patients who have no symptoms of gallbladder disease.
  • The infection may be passed on without causing meningitis or any symptoms of the disease.
  • How can one pick out the symptoms of mental illness in patients who seem otherwise normal?
manifestation, indication, indicator, sign, mark, feature, trait;
Medicine prodrome
1.1A sign of the existence of something, especially of an undesirable situation: the government was plagued by leaks—a symptom of divisions and poor morale
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  • It was not a harbinger, it was a symptom of the move from a bipolar to a unipolar world.
  • The anger or the hatred is in a sense a symptom or a product of the situation that they're caught in.
  • Well worth reading on as he beautifully expresses what I now think is a pretty universal symptom.
portent, warning, clue, hint;
testimony, evidence, proof;
result, consequence, product


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



Example sentences
  • I worried about contracting diseases - especially symptomless diseases - where my lack of physical complaints simply confirmed the severity of my case.
  • Meanwhile, there could be a large pool of symptomless people who do not realise they are carrying the infectious prion protein responsible for both the cattle brain disease BSE and vCJD.
  • Pre-eclampsia is symptomless in its early stages and at present detectable only by regular checks on the mother's blood pressure and urine.

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