pathognomonic

adjective
pa·​tho·​gno·​mon·​ic | \ ˌpa-thə(g)-nō-ˈmä-nik How to pronounce pathognomonic (audio) \

Definition of pathognomonic

: distinctively characteristic of a particular disease

First Known Use of pathognomonic

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pathognomonic

borrowed from New Latin pathognōmonicus, borrowed from Greek pathognōmonikós, from patho- patho- + gnōmonikós "judging by rule, capable of judging," from gnṓmōn "examiner, interpreter" + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at gnomon

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“Pathognomonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pathognomonic. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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pathognomonic

adjective
pa·​tho·​gno·​mon·​ic | \ ˌpath-ə(g)-nō-ˈmän-ik How to pronounce pathognomonic (audio) \

Medical Definition of pathognomonic

: distinctively characteristic of a particular disease or condition erosions, which are virtually pathognomonic of GERD— Barbara Baker

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