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[proh-drohm] /ˈproʊ droʊm/
noun, Pathology
a premonitory symptom.
1635-45; < French < New Latin prodromus, noun use of Greek pródromos running before. See pro-2, -drome
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[prod-ruh-muh l, pruh-droh-] /ˈprɒd rə məl, prəˈdroʊ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for prodrome
  • The first is known as the prodrome, a cluster of warning symptoms that appear before the outbreak of the infection.
  • The prodrome, which occurs hours or days before the headache.
British Dictionary definitions for prodrome


(med) any symptom that signals the impending onset of a disease
Derived Forms
prodromal, prodromic (prəʊˈdrɒmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: via French from New Latin prodromus, from Greek prodromos forerunner, from pro-² + dramein to run
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Word Origin and History for prodrome

1640s, from French prodrome (16c.), from Modern Latin prodromus, from Greek prodromos "a running forward, a sally, sudden attack," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + dromos "a running" (see dromedary).

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prodrome in Medicine

prodrome pro·drome (prō'drōm')
n. pl. pro·dromes or pro·dro·ma·ta (-drō'mə-tə)
An early symptom indicating the onset of an attack or a disease.

pro·dro'mal (-drō'məl) or pro·drom'ic (-drŏm'ĭk) adj.
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