presymptomatic

adjective

pre·​symp·​tom·​at·​ic ˌprē-ˌsim(p)-tə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce presymptomatic (audio)
variants or pre-symptomatic
1
: relating to, being, or occurring before symptoms appear
presymptomatic testing
presymptomatic heart disease
pre-symptomatic transmission of a contagious disease
2
: not yet displaying symptoms of an illness or disease
a presymptomatic patient diagnosed with Huntington's disease
viral illness spread by pre-symptomatic individuals

Word History

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of presymptomatic was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Presymptomatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/presymptomatic. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

presymptomatic

adjective
pre·​symp·​to·​mat·​ic -ˌsimp-tə-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce presymptomatic (audio)
variants or pre-symptomatic
1
: relating to, being, or occurring before symptoms appear
presymptomatic testing
presymptomatic heart disease
pre-symptomatic transmission of a contagious disease
2
: not yet displaying symptoms of an illness or disease
a presymptomatic patient diagnosed with Huntington's disease
viral illness spread by pre-symptomatic individuals
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