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[sin-drohm, -druh m] /ˈsɪn droʊm, -drəm/
Pathology, Psychiatry. a group of symptoms that together are characteristic of a specific disorder, disease, or the like.
a group of related or coincident things, events, actions, etc.
the pattern of symptoms that characterize or indicate a particular social condition.
a predictable, characteristic pattern of behavior, action, etc., that tends to occur under certain circumstances:
the retirement syndrome of endless golf and bridge games; the feast-or-famine syndrome of big business.
1535-45; < New Latin < Greek syndromḗ concurrence, combination, equivalent to syn- syn- + drom-, base meaning “run” (see -drome) + feminine noun suffix
Related forms
[sin-drom-ik] /sɪnˈdrɒm ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for syndrome
  • Irritable bowel syndrome may be a lifelong condition.
  • Ketamine bladder syndrome is a newly discovered consequence of long term use.
  • However another link, between savant syndrome and autism, is well established.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome has also been linked to professional musicians.
  • The syndrome may be linked to problems in certain areas of the brain.
  • There do seem to be cases of acquired savant syndrome where people develop extraordinary abilities after head injuries.
  • If white-nose syndrome attacked a cuter species, we'd be all over it.
  • Doll syndrome is in fact a physical side effect to an infection by aida.
  • The postural tachycardia syndrome a brief review of etiology, diagnosis and treatment.
British Dictionary definitions for syndrome


(med) any combination of signs and symptoms that are indicative of a particular disease or disorder
a symptom, characteristic, or set of symptoms or characteristics indicating the existence of a condition, problem, etc
Derived Forms
syndromic (sɪnˈdrɒmɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via New Latin from Greek sundromē, literally: a running together, from syn- + dramein to run

white-coat hypertension

the phenomenon of having elevated blood pressure only during a medical consultation
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Word Origin and History for syndrome

"a number of symptoms occurring together," 1540s, from Modern Latin, from Greek syndrome "concurrence of symptoms, concourse," from syndromos, literally "running together," from syn- "with" (see syn-) + dromos "running, course" (see dromedary). Psychological sense is from 1955.

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syndrome in Medicine

syndrome syn·drome (sĭn'drōm')
A group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, a psychological disorder, or another abnormal condition.

syn·drom'ic (-drō'mĭk, -drŏm'ĭk) adj.
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syndrome in Science
An abnormal condition or disease that is identified by an established group of signs and symptoms.
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syndrome in Culture
syndrome [(sin-drohm)]

A set of signs and symptoms that appear together and characterize a disease or medical condition. AIDS is an example of a syndrome.

Note: A collection of attitudes or behaviors that go together is often called a syndrome.
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