symptom

noun
symp·​tom | \ ˈsim(p)-təm How to pronounce symptom (audio) \

Definition of symptom

1a : subjective evidence of disease or physical disturbance broadly : something that indicates the presence of bodily disorder
b : an evident reaction by a plant to a pathogen
2a : something that indicates the existence of something else symptoms of an inner turmoil
b : a slight indication : trace

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Other Words from symptom

symptomless \ ˈsim(p)-​təm-​ləs How to pronounce symptomless (audio) \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for symptom

sign, mark, token, note, symptom mean a discernible indication of what is not itself directly perceptible. sign applies to any indication to be perceived by the senses or the reason. encouraging signs for the economy mark suggests something impressed on or inherently characteristic of a thing often in contrast to general outward appearance. a mark of a good upbringing token applies to something that serves as a proof of something intangible. this gift is a token of our esteem note suggests a distinguishing mark or characteristic. a note of irony in her writing symptom suggests an outward indication of an internal change or condition. rampant crime is a symptom of that city's decay

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Heatstroke symptoms include drooling, heavy panting, confusion, dizziness, seizures, lying down and not wanting to get back up and a temperature of 105 degrees or more. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "What’s the right age to spay or neuter cat?," 5 July 2019 Those symptoms include anxiety, depression, and drug use. Sabine Galvis, Science | AAAS, "Even if you don’t play contact sports, you could develop signs of traumatic brain injury," 3 July 2019 Typically, symptoms of contamination can include diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and a fever, per the CDC. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "What Happens If You Accidentally Eat Undercooked Meat?," 3 July 2019 In addition to diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, other symptoms may include fever, stomach pain, dehydration and weight loss. oregonlive.com, "Crypto: Health authorities warn against microscopic parasite that lives in pools, water parks," 1 July 2019 Other symptoms include dehydration, nausea, vomiting, fever and weight loss. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Crypto: Parasite in pools making people sick, CDC wants," 1 July 2019 Of the people who do come down with the virus, Griffith said symptoms might include fever, headaches, nausea or a rash. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "West Nile-infected mosquitoes found in Lincolnwood, Morton Grove," 27 June 2019 Later symptoms may include a cough which rapidly progresses to respiratory distress. Fox News, "New Mexico woman dies from virus linked to rodent droppings," 26 June 2019 Veterinarians report symptoms of peppermint oil poisoning in cats include difficulty breathing, trouble walking, excessive drooling, lethargy, muscle tremors, pawing at the mouth, redness or burns in and around the mouth, and vomiting. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Seemingly benign skunk deterrent can be dangerous for cats," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of symptom

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for symptom

Late Latin symptomat-, symptoma, from Greek symptōmat-, symptōma happening, attribute, symptom, from sympiptein to happen, from syn- + piptein to fall — more at feather

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11 Jul 2019

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symptom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of symptom

: 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

noun
symp·​tom | \ ˈsimp-təm How to pronounce symptom (audio) \

Kids Definition of symptom

1 : a noticeable change in the body or its functions that indicates the presence of a disease or other disorder
2 : indication sense 2, sign Loss of jobs is a symptom of a weakening economy.

symptom

noun
symp·​tom | \ ˈsim(p)-təm How to pronounce symptom (audio) \

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 sense 2

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