pro·​dro·​mal | \ (ˌ)prō-ˈdrō-məl How to pronounce prodromal (audio) \

Definition of prodromal

: precursory especially : marked by prodromes

Examples of prodromal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The transition to and from the prodromal state is presaged by greater variability in local peaks in brain activity. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Oscillating brain goes regular before migraine pain hits," 15 Aug. 2018 But the Merck drug also failed to help patients with an earlier-stage form of the disease known as prodromal Alzhiemer’s, in a separate study that was halted earlier this year. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca Drop Two Late-Stage Alzheimer’s Drug Trials," 12 June 2018 What's more: While pimples may be tender or cause discomfort, they're not associated with the same prodromal phase as cold sores, says Shah. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Tell If Your Little Red Facial Bump Is a Pimple or a Cold Sore," 26 Feb. 2018 Some people experience prodromal symptoms — early indicators of an oncoming outbreak — such as soreness or nerve pain, sometimes fizzling out before the infection manifests visibly. Sarit Luban, Cosmopolitan, "5 Women Open Up About What Their Herpes Looks and Feels Like to Them," 22 May 2017

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1716, in the meaning defined above

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“Prodromal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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pro·​dro·​mal | \ (ˈ)prō-ˈdrō-məl How to pronounce prodromal (audio) \
variants: also prodromic \ -​mik How to pronounce prodromic (audio) \

Medical Definition of prodromal

: precursory especially : of, relating to, or marked by prodromes the prodromal stages of a disease

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