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[in-di-key-shuh n] /ˌɪn dɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
anything serving to indicate or point out, as a sign or token.
Medicine/Medical. a special symptom or the like that points out a suitable remedy or treatment or shows the presence of a disease.
an act of indicating.
the degree marked by an instrument.
Origin of indication
1535-45; < Latin indicātiōn- (stem of indicātiō). See indicate, -ion
Related forms
reindication, noun
1. hint, intimation, portent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indication
  • The tooth evidence provided no clear indication for either meat-eating or omnivorous habits.
  • Solar maximum is coming and if the wind-up is any indication, we'll get to see quite a show when it peaks.
  • Seeing white in this area is usually a good indication that there is abnormal eye bulging.
  • We might look on the bright side and see the argument as an indication of art's allusiveness.
  • Don't cut the letterhead, it is an indication of your current academic affiliation.
  • The turtle behaved normally-the first indication that this type of system had potential as a research tool.
  • The color of the juices in any part of the bird is not a good indication of whether it's done.
  • Alas, the solicitation gives little indication of the actual problem such a system will solve.
  • No group has taken responsibility, and the police gave no indication today that they had any important developments in the case.
  • The court gave no clear indication on how it might decide.
British Dictionary definitions for indication


something that serves to indicate or suggest; sign: an indication of foul play
the degree or quantity represented on a measuring instrument or device
the action of indicating
something that is indicated as advisable, necessary, or expedient
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Word Origin and History for indication

early 15c., from Latin indicationem (nominative indicatio) "an indicating; valuation," noun of action from past participle stem of indicare "point out, show," from in- "into, in, on, upon" (see in- (2)) + dicare "proclaim," from stem of dicere "to speak, to say" (see diction).

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indication in Medicine

indication in·di·ca·tion (ĭn'dĭ-kā'shən)

  1. Something that points to or suggests the proper treatment of a disease, as that demanded by its cause or symptoms.

  2. Something indicated as necessary or expedient, as in the administration of a drug.

  3. The degree indicated by a measuring instrument.

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