of or pertaining to signs.
Medicine/Medical. of or pertaining to symptoms; symptomatic.
Origin: 1615–20; (def 3)
< Greek sēmeiōtikós
significant, equivalent to sēmeiō-,
verbid stem of sēmeioûn
to interpret as a sign (derivative of Greek sēmeîon
sign) + -tikos -tic
; (def 4)
< Greek sēmeiōtikḗ,
noun use of feminine of sēmeiōtikós,
adapted by John Locke (on the model of Greek logikḗ logic
, etc.; see -ic
) to mean “the doctrine of signs”; (defs 1, 2)
based on Locke's coinage or a reanalysis of the Gk word