noun symp·tom \ˈsim(p)-təm\

: a change in the body or mind which indicates that a disease is present

: a change which shows that something bad exists : a sign of something bad

Full Definition of SYMPTOM

a :  subjective evidence of disease or physical disturbance; broadly :  something that indicates the presence of bodily disorder
b :  an evident reaction by a plant to a pathogen
a :  something that indicates the existence of something else <symptoms of an inner turmoil>
b :  a slight indication :  trace
symp·tom·less \-ləs\ adjective

Origin of SYMPTOM

Late Latin symptomat-, symptoma, from Greek symptōmat-, symptōma happening, attribute, symptom, from sympiptein to happen, from syn- + piptein to fall — more at feather
First Known Use: 1541


noun symp·tom \ˈsim(p)-təm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SYMPTOM

:  subjective evidence of disease or physical disturbance observed by the patient <headache is a symptom of many diseases> <visual disturbances may be a symptom of retinal arteriosclerosis>; broadly :  something that indicates the presence of a physical disorder—compare sign 2


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