symptom

noun
symp·​tom | \ˈsim(p)-təm \

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 \ adjective

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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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The other two less common forms are at least more likely to cause more attention-grabbing symptoms. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Three Types of Ovarian Cancer You Should Know," 1 Nov. 2018 Depression isn’t just a mental disorder, but can cause physical symptoms like pain, fatigue, and appetite changes. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "12 Celebrities Who Talk About Mental Health," 10 Oct. 2018 But the small clots can also cause sub-clinical problems, damaging parts of the heart without causing any overt symptoms. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "What is atrial fibrillation, and why is your watch telling you about it?," 26 Sep. 2018 Exposure to a small amount of CO over an extended period of time or a large amount of CO in a shorter amount of time can cause symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, or headaches. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "SAFETY ALERT: Your Carbon Monoxide Alarm Probably Just Expired This Year," 21 Sep. 2018 Four of the eight samples contained the rhinovirus or adenovirus, which both cause cold-like symptoms. Martine Powers, The Seattle Times, "Those airport security bins carry more germs than the toilets, scientists say," 4 Sep. 2018 But Davis says there can be too much of a good thing, and going overboard on protein can cause uncomfortable symptoms, like constipation and cramping, to pop up. Colleen Stinchcombe, Redbook, "What Are Macros, Exactly?," 27 Aug. 2018 Salmonella causes symptoms like fever, diarrhea and vomiting. Annie Gasparro, WSJ, "Mondelez Recalls Ritz Crackers on Salmonella Concern," 22 July 2018 The State Department recently set up a multi-agency task force to investigate what might have caused the diplomats' symptoms. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "Mystery deepens in Havana as U.S. confirms a 26th diplomat in Cuba suffered health symptoms," 28 June 2018

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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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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 \

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 \

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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