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[simp-tuh-mat-ik] /ˌsɪmp təˈmæt ɪk/
pertaining to a symptom or symptoms.
of the nature of or constituting a symptom; indicative (often fol by of):
a condition symptomatic of cholera; a disagreement that was symptomatic of the deterioration in their relationship.
according to symptoms:
a symptomatic classification of disease.
Also, symptomatical.
Origin of symptomatic
1690-1700; < Medieval Latin symptōmaticus, equivalent to Late Latin symptōmat- (stem of symptōma) symptom + -icus -ic
Related forms
symptomatically, adverb
nonsymptomatic, adjective
presymptomatic, adjective
pseudosymptomatic, adjective
unsymptomatic, adjective
unsymptomatical, adjective
unsymptomatically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for symptomatic
  • Opposition to my book seems more symptomatic of our moment than produced by its contents.
  • The parts of the grid you come into contact with are symptomatic.
  • In many cases, they provide significant symptomatic relief.
  • He said it is symptomatic of the art world's difficulty with finding a place for this type of work.
  • Unfortunately, the problems you allude to are symptomatic of much larger problems.
  • But his weak health was symptomatic of the shrunken gene pool of the captive-bred tigers.
  • Arrow is quite right to consider such equipment symptomatic of a wild misalignment of incentives in the medical industry.
  • In reality, the no vote was symptomatic of far deeper economic malaise.
  • It was symptomatic of a gut-wrenching decline in demand.
  • It is symptomatic of the film's sense of values that he wins their affection by wowing them with his toys.
British Dictionary definitions for symptomatic


(often foll by of) being a symptom; indicative: symptomatic of insanity
of or relating to a symptom or symptoms
according to symptoms: a symptomatic analysis of a case
Derived Forms
symptomatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for symptomatic

1690s, from French symptomatique or directly from Late Latin symptomaticus, from symptomat-, stem of symptoma (see symptom). Related: Symptomatical (1580s).

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symptomatic in Medicine

symptomatic symp·to·mat·ic (sĭm'tə-māt'ĭk, sĭmp'-)

  1. Of, relating to, or based on symptoms.

  2. Constituting a symptom, as of a disease.

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