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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.
1535-45; < Latin indicātiōn- (stem of indicātiō). See indicate, -ion
Related forms
reindication, noun
1. hint, intimation, portent. Unabridged
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  • These behaviors are indications that the elephants detected the call and interpreted it as a warning, she added.
  • There are no indications of any great change in the barometrical situation.
  • The indications were that the paralysis would be permanent.
  • By all indications they'd placed the wrong review on the wrong site.
  • And this difference of kind would mean more than surface indications could announce.
  • All indications, demographic and otherwise, are that the future of war is urban.
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  • Nonetheless, there are indications that single-celled organisms can learn.
  • Shiny skin, bright red gills, and a clean ocean smell are the best indications of freshness.
  • Expert opinion is fairly unanimous that there are no convincing indications of such a sense in humans.
British Dictionary definitions for indications


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 indications



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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indications 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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