symptomatic

adjective
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

Other Words from symptomatic

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

Examples of symptomatic in a Sentence

a fever's refusal to respond to antibiotics is symptomatic of a viral infection
Recent Examples on the Web Early studies from South Africa and the United Kingdom have found that vaccine effectiveness from the primary series against symptomatic disease and, to an extent, hospitalization is lower in the face of Omicron than Delta. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 4 Jan. 2022 Your major risk factor for developing symptomatic heart disease is your age. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 Dec. 2021 Think of disease as a tug-of-war on a field with death and asymptomatic infection at opposite ends, and symptomatic disease and transmission in between. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 23 Dec. 2021 People should be aware that vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease from Omicron is reduced compared with Delta, Colfax said. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2021 An international study, in which subjects received two doses of its vaccine, 56 days apart, found the two-dose series was 75% effective against symptomatic Covid-19 disease overall, and 94% effective in the U.S. portion of the study. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 According to the World Health Organization, Sinovac's vaccine CoronaVac was just 51% effective at preventing symptomatic disease against the original variant, while Sinopharm was 79%. Nectar Gan And Steve George, CNN, 13 Dec. 2021 Overall, its efficacy against the symptomatic disease was about 78%, according to the trial. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 24 Nov. 2021 Studies show that vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease begins to fade about six months after initial shots. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of symptomatic

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Symptomatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/symptomatic. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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symptomatic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of symptomatic

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

symptomatic

adjective
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 symptomatic (audio) \ adverb

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