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 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 However, if Ward is symptomatic, the rules are different. cleveland, "Browns’ Denzel Ward could be back for the wild-card game; OL coach Bill Callahan might have to miss again," 4 Jan. 2021 The decision is based on how much time was spent around the person, the setting, whether masks were worn, how far away the contacts were and whether the infected person is symptomatic. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers staff members quarantine after positive coronavirus test," 3 Jan. 2021 Separately, another student who was symptomatic reported to the Campus Health Service and was positive. Robert Glennon, The Conversation, "Testing sewage can give school districts, campuses and businesses a heads-up on the spread of COVID-19," 24 Nov. 2020 Those tests are often reserved for people who are symptomatic. Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, "Demand for COVID-19 tests in Minnesota surges ahead of holidays," 22 Nov. 2020 While unclear where the final hurdle stands, a couple of final steps are clearly articulated in the league’s procedures for a player who contracted COVID-19 and was symptomatic. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys QB Andy Dalton not activated from Reserve/COVID-19 list just yet," 17 Nov. 2020 Early data based on clinical trials involving more than 30,000 people in the U.S. suggested that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was about 95% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Just Got FDA Authorization," 19 Dec. 2020 In clinical trials, Moderna’s vaccine was 94% effective in decreasing symptomatic Covid-19 infections, while also preventing more severe forms of the disease. Matthew Herper, STAT, "FDA grants authorization to Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, the second in the U.S.," 18 Dec. 2020 In people who are not symptomatic, the test correctly identified 91 percent of positive samples and 96 percent of negative samples. NBC News, "FDA authorizes first at-home, over-the-counter Covid test," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of symptomatic

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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11 Jan 2021

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“Symptomatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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

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

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