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symptom

[simp-tuh m] /ˈsɪmp təm/
noun
1.
any phenomenon or circumstance accompanying something and serving as evidence of it.
2.
a sign or indication of something.
3.
Pathology. a phenomenon that arises from and accompanies a particular disease or disorder and serves as an indication of it.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin symptōma < Greek sýmptōma occurrence, that which falls together with something, equivalent to sym- sym- + ptō- (variant stem of píptein to fall) + -ma noun suffix of result
Related forms
presymptom, noun
Synonyms
2. signal, token, mark.
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British Dictionary definitions for presymptom

symptom

/ˈsɪmptəm/
noun
1.
(med) any sensation or change in bodily function experienced by a patient that is associated with a particular disease Compare sign (sense 9)
2.
any phenomenon or circumstance accompanying something and regarded as evidence of its existence; indication
Derived Forms
symptomless, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin symptōma, from Greek sumptōma chance, from sumpiptein to occur, from syn- + piptein to fall
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Word Origin and History for presymptom

symptom

n.

1540s, earlier sinthoma (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin sinthoma "symptom of a disease," from Late Latin symptoma, from Greek symptoma (genitive symptomatos) "a happening, accident, disease," from stem of sympiptein "to befall," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + piptein "to fall," from PIE *pi-pt-, reduplicated form of root *pet- "to rush; to fly" (see petition (n.)). Spelling altered in English by influence of Middle French and Late Latin forms. Symptomatic in general sense of "indicative (of)" is from 1751.

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presymptom in Medicine

symptom symp·tom (sĭm'təm, sĭmp'-)
n.
An indication of disorder or disease, especially when experienced by an individual as a change from normal function, sensation, or appearance. Also called sign.

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presymptom in Science
symptom
  (sĭm'təm)   
A subjective indication of a disorder or disease, such as pain, nausea or weakness. Symptoms may be accompanied by objective signs of disease such as abnormal laboratory test results or findings during a physical examination. Compare sign.
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