asymptomatic

adjective
asymp·​tom·​at·​ic | \ ˌā-ˌsim(p)-tə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce asymptomatic (audio) \

Definition of asymptomatic

: not causing, marked by, or presenting with signs or symptoms of infection, illness, or disease asymptomatic carriers of contagious disease Acute infection is usually asymptomatic, making early diagnosis difficult.— Francis V. Chisari Because gonorrhea is often asymptomatic in women, it can progress painlessly until the result is pelvic inflammatory disease with its sequelae of infertility or ectopic pregnancy.— Marsha F. Goldsmith Most patients with gallstones remain asymptomatic for many years and may, in fact, never develop symptoms.The Journal of the American Medical Association Many of the fecal samples positive for Giardia were from aymptomatic pets.— Lawrence M. Fox

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Other Words from asymptomatic

asymptomatically \ ˌā-​ˌsim(p)-​tə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce asymptomatic (audio) \ adverb
asymptomatically infected children The virus may be carried asymptomatically.

Examples of asymptomatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the next day, two other patients on the medical ward were asymptomatic but tested positive for the virus. oregonlive, "COVID-19 outbreak at Vancouver hospital still under investigation, samples sent to determine if mutated virus played role," 5 Jan. 2021 Stefanski is currently asymptomatic and will continue to work virtually from home to prepare for the game. cleveland, "Browns Kevin Stefanski, TE coach, DB coach, Joel Bitonio and KhaDarel Hodge test positive for COVID-19; Mike Priefer will coach playoff game vs. Steelers," 5 Jan. 2021 His wife, 73-year-old Peggy McMaster, also tested positive but was asymptomatic. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Country venue blues, ice shanty dining, turkey sightings: News from around our 50 states," 5 Jan. 2021 However, following the emergence of the coronavirus in the U.S. early last year, the government warned the public against traveling because the virus was highly contagious and carriers were often asymptomatic. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "500M fewer people flew in 2020, TSA says," 4 Jan. 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about a third of people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic. Anchorage Daily News, "Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 239 new cases reported Sunday, no new deaths," 3 Jan. 2021 Taiwan’s position has been that carriers of the virus who are asymptomatic after 14 days of isolation are not likely to be very infectious. New York Times, "How Taiwan Plans to Stay (Mostly) Covid-Free," 2 Jan. 2021 Taiwan’s position has been that carriers of the virus who are asymptomatic after 14 days of isolation are not likely to be very infectious. Raymond Zhong, BostonGlobe.com, "How Taiwan plans to stay (mostly) COVID-free," 2 Jan. 2021 Two nephews also tested positive, but were asymptomatic. al, "‘My whole world went away’: 2020 through the eyes of Alabamians," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of asymptomatic

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Asymptomatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/asymptomatic. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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asymptomatic

adjective
How to pronounce asymptomatic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of asymptomatic

medical : having or showing no symptoms of disease

asymptomatic

adjective
asymp·​tom·​at·​ic | \ ˌā-ˌsim(p)-tə-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce asymptomatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of asymptomatic

: not causing, marked by, or presenting with signs or symptoms of infection, illness, or disease asymptomatic carriers of contagious disease Decisions regarding the discontinuation of anticoagulation in such patients remain clinically challenging, requiring physicians to weigh the risk of bleeding against the risk of a stroke from asymptomatic arrhythmia.— Rodney H. Falk, The New England Journal of Medicine Acute infection is usually asymptomatic, making early diagnosis difficult.— Francis V. Chisari, Nature However, 10% to 25% of patients with Barrett's esophagus are completely asymptomatic.Scientific American Medicine Bulletin Red blood cell transfusions for chronic stable anemia in the asymptomatic patient are not clinically beneficial and will unnecessarily increase the patient's risk for infection, immunization to blood antigens, or hemosiderosis.The Journal of the American Medical Association

Other Words from asymptomatic

asymptomatically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce asymptomatic (audio) \ adverb
asymptomatically infected adults

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