symp·​tom·​at·​ic | \ ˌsim(p)-tə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce symptomatic (audio) \

Definition of symptomatic

1a : being a symptom of a disease
b : having the characteristics of a particular disease but arising from another cause symptomatic epilepsy resulting from brain damage
2 : concerned with, affecting, or having symptoms symptomatic treatment a symptomatic patient
3 : characteristic, indicative his behavior was symptomatic of his character

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symptomatically \ ˌsim(p)-​tə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce symptomatically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of symptomatic in a Sentence

a fever's refusal to respond to antibiotics is symptomatic of a viral infection

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The tests showed that a rise of four times in the stalk antibody levels correlated with a 42 percent reduction in influenza infection, and about a 50 percent reduction in symptomatic influenza. Debbie Ponchner, Scientific American, "New Finding Advances the Search for a Universal Flu Vaccine," 3 June 2019 Any of the wide array of reactions could be symptomatic of a hard-wiring for stress—a predisposition to abrupt reactions in demanding situations. WSJ, "Relaxation Guide For Stressful Times," 3 Nov. 2018 This burst in inflammatory responses may have sparked the dormant Ebola into a symptomatic disease, which then spread to her husband and children. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Ebola mysteriously hid in a woman for more than a year before spreading," 27 July 2018 Government and private insurance pay to screen for these illnesses, but not for carotid screening of non-symptomatic people, which can cost about $70 a person. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "The Scan That Saved My Life," 25 Aug. 2018 Children being put into cages is terrible, and it’s indicative and symptomatic of a much larger problem. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "'ICE Is Everywhere': Using Library Science to Map the Separation Crisis," 25 June 2018 The second group is children who don't outgrow the disorder and are still symptomatic but lose enough characteristics that they can't be officially diagnosed. Michelle Watson, CNN, "Millions of kids on ADHD meds decide their treatment as adults," 6 June 2018 The degree to which there appear to be changing priorities is symptomatic of having revolving leadership. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Turmoil at Lincoln Center: Infighting, Money Troubles, Scrapped Projects," 1 July 2018 Jorge Valdano, who scored in the final when Argentina won the World Cup in 1986, told the Guardian how Messi's troubles were symptomatic of muddled thinking from top to bottom. Thomas Allnutt,, "Messi delivers as Argentina scrape through to World Cup's last 16," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of symptomatic

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of symptomatic

: showing that a particular disease is present
: relating to or showing symptoms of a disease
formal : showing the existence of a particular problem


symp·​tom·​at·​ic | \ ˌsim(p)-tə-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce symptomatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of symptomatic

1a : being a symptom of a disease gummas symptomatic of syphilis
b : having the characteristics of a particular disease but arising from another cause symptomatic epilepsy resulting from brain damage
2 : concerned with or affecting symptoms symptomatic treatment
3 : having symptoms a symptomatic patient

Other Words from symptomatic

symptomatically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce symptomatically (audio) \ adverb

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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