Definition of symptom
1a : subjective evidence of disease or physical disturbance; broadly : something that indicates the presence of bodily disorderb : an evident reaction by a plant to a pathogen
2a : something that indicates the existence of something else symptoms of an inner turmoilb : a slight indication : trace
symptomlessplay \-ləs\ adjective
Recent Examples of symptom from the Web
Later that day, he was hospitalized with heart attack symptoms and required surgery.
There is no test to diagnose CRPS; diagnosis is made on the basis of symptoms and after ruling out other disorders.
M.M.: Americans are so wrapped up in their need for soap opera that last night on TV, a psychologist was actually counseling people about the symptoms of withdrawal that the end of the trail would likely induce.
Participants experienced twice as many as symptom-free days.
The children had abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and other gastrointestinal symptoms, along with gut inflammation visible under a microscope.
But in the past few years, Marvin M. Lipman, Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser, hospitalized two patients with this all-too-common affliction who had neither of those symptoms.
Boxwood Blight is becoming increasingly more common, and homeowners should keep an eye out for any symptoms.
Common symptoms include frequent nosebleeds, easy bruising, gum bleeding and heavy reproductive bleeding.
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Synonym Discussion of symptom
SYMPTOM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of symptom for English Language Learners
: a change in the body or mind which indicates that a disease is present
: a change which shows that something bad exists : a sign of something bad
SYMPTOM Defined for Kids
Medical Definition of symptom
: subjective evidence of disease or physical disturbance observed by the patient headache is a symptom of many diseases visual disturbances may be a symptom of retinal arteriosclerosis; broadly : something that indicates the presence of a physical disorder—compare sign 2
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