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symptomatic

Syllabification: symp·to·mat·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌsim(p)təˈmadik
 
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Definition of symptomatic in English:

adjective

1Serving as a symptom or sign, especially of something undesirable: the closings are symptomatic of a decaying city
More example sentences
  • Both represent desirable objects, symptomatic of consumerism and excess.
  • Images that traditionally evoke nostalgia become symptomatic of inevitable decay.
  • Their conduct was symptomatic of the unprincipled character of the entire project.
Synonyms
indicative, characteristic, suggestive, typical, representative, symbolic
1.1Exhibiting or involving symptoms: patients with symptomatic celiac disease symptomatic patients
More example sentences
  • The registry included patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic pulmonary embolism.
  • This remains the most common presentation of tubal pregnancy in symptomatic patients.
  • Past medical history revealed symptomatic osteoarthritis of her large extremity joints.

Derivatives

symptomatically

1
Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • It has veered from offering slightly more moderate versions of Howard's policies to new departures, such as a more independent foreign policy - fine as generalities but symptomatically short on detail.
  • Duncan summons the entry's orthodox interpretation established more than a century ago by historian Elliott Coues, who read it as ‘a sadly interesting passage’ and linked it symptomatically with Lewis's suicide four years later.
  • All too often, patients, particularly the elderly, continue to be treated symptomatically for alcohol-related conditions without recognition of the underlying problem.

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