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

Definition of asymptomatic

: presenting no symptoms of disease

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asymptomatically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce asymptomatically (audio) \ adverb

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Most doctors would have put me in the asymptomatic, or less-risky, category. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "The Scan That Saved My Life," 25 Aug. 2018 Because chlamydia testing is recommended annually for young women, and chlamydia is often asymptomatic and not detected in men, most cases that get reported are among women. SELF, "Here's Why Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Are So High, According to STI Experts," 8 Jan. 2019 It has also been spotted in the vaginal fluids and breast milk of asymptomatic women. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Ebola mysteriously hid in a woman for more than a year before spreading," 27 July 2018 The lumps are surprisingly common; many women have them at some point during their lives but remain totally asymptomatic, according to the Mayo Clinic. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "How to Tell If You Have Uterine Fibroids," 11 May 2018 Ebola is not transmissible if someone is asymptomatic and usually not after someone has recovered from it. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Ebola 101: Answers to your questions about causes, symptoms, transmission and treatments," 25 May 2018 According to other research, asymptomatic and unexpected thyroid tumors show up in 67 percent of people who get ultrasound imaging and in 15 percent of people who get CTs or MRIs of the neck. Emily Sohn, Washington Post, "Even if a medical test shows an abnormality, you may not need to worry about it," 3 June 2018 Men are the target group in the program, Dunne explains, because the yield for isolating N. gonorrheae is very high among men who have urethritis compared with women and those who are asymptomatic. Sophie Cousins, CNN, "Wherever you are in the world, time is running out for treating gonorrhea," 15 May 2018 Not just concussions, but those asymptomatic hits that occur over time, to a high level during a single season. Alex Prewitt,, "Hockey Players Are the Next Frontier in Head Trauma Research," 7 May 2018

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of asymptomatic

medical : having or showing no symptoms of disease


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

Medical Definition of asymptomatic

: presenting no symptoms of disease asymptomatic amebiasis

Other Words from asymptomatic

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

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