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conventional sign

conventional sign in Medicine

conventional sign con·ven·tion·al sign (kən-věn'shə-nəl)
Any of various signs, such as words or symbols, that acquire their function through linguistic custom.

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  • Schmidt smiled again as he set his teaspoon across his cup, the conventional sign that he wished no more tea.

    The Red City S. Weir Mitchell
  • It is probably a conventional sign, and not a phonetic character.

  • The conventional sign for a bridge is shown where the railroad crosses Sandy Creek on a trestle.

  • The Crow replied by making the conventional sign for good, adding to it that for truth.

    The Prairie-Bird Charles Augustus Murray
  • Thereupon there were three raps—the conventional sign of assent—from the bottom of the carriage.

  • Everything is done in pantomime in Naples, and that is the conventional sign for hunger.

    Pictures from Italy Charles Dickens
  • In return she pointed to the west again, made the conventional sign for night and sleep, and began to count her fingers.

    The Delight Makers Adolf Bandelier
  • On certain appointed days the statue of the god made some conventional sign to indicate his approval and assent.

  • The first, as all are aware, is only a conventional sign and presumably not phonetic.

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