pro·​drome | \ ˈprō-ˌdrōm How to pronounce prodrome (audio) \

Definition of prodrome

: a premonitory symptom of disease

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Recent Examples on the Web Migraines can progress through four stages—prodrome, aura, attack, and post-drome—though not everyone feels symptoms at each stage. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Karamo Brown Says People Didn’t Believe His Migraine Symptoms at First," 7 Dec. 2020 There is the prodrome stage, which happens a few days before the onset of pain and can include constipation, yawning, food cravings and neck stiffness, according to the Mayo Clinic. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "What Your Headaches Can Tell You About Your Health," 30 Dec. 2019 Migraines can follow a pattern that moves through four stages: prodrome, aura, headache, and post-drome (also called the migraine hangover), the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Tell if Vestibular Migraines Are Why You Get Dizzy So Often," 12 July 2018 First up is the prodrome phase, which happens a day or two before the pain strikes, sounding the alarm that a migraine is coming. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Here’s What You Need to Know About ‘Migraine Hangovers’," 13 Jan. 2018 According to the Mayo Clinic, the prodrome can include symptoms like constipation, mood changes, food cravings, neck stiffness, increased thirst and urinary frequency, and yawning more than usual. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Here’s What You Need to Know About ‘Migraine Hangovers’," 13 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of prodrome

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prodrome

French, literally, precursor, from Greek prodromos, from pro- before + dromos act of running, racecourse — more at pro-, dromedary

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“Prodrome.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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pro·​drome | \ ˈprō-ˌdrōm How to pronounce prodrome (audio) \

Medical Definition of prodrome

: a premonitory symptom of disease

called also prodroma

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