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
Recent Examples on the Web Besides Valtrex, the FDA has also approved famciclovir (Famvir) as a one-day treatment of symptomatic herpes. Julia Naftulin And Amanda Macmillan,, "Why Herpes Isn't as Bad as You Think (and a Lot More Common)," 7 Nov. 2019 The ongoing reliance on military solutions for civilian problems is symptomatic of a weak democracy. The Economist, "Indonesian politicians are giving the armed forces a big role in government," 31 Oct. 2019 The slowdown in price increases in some local cities and the outright decline of prices in others is symptomatic of developers jumping into the game to build more apartment buildings, analysts say. David Lyons,, "South Florida monthly rents hit the brakes, ease slightly in step with national trend," 23 Sep. 2019 Cryptococcus is found throughout the United States but rarely causes symptomatic lung infections. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "What Was the Cause of the Excruciating Pain in His Shoulders and Hips?," 5 June 2019 Infected areas typically have mixture of healthy and symptomatic trees in various stages of decline and death., "Ask an Expert: Can you identify this very distinctive caterpillar?," 3 Aug. 2019 These mistakes have become more symptomatic in the wake of the Cubs’ 4-13 record in their last 17 road games. Mark Gonzales,, "Joe Maddon held his midseason meeting with his struggling Cubs: ‘We have to find that other edge that’s going to put us over the top’," 2 July 2019 If symptomatic, low blood pressure can be a sign of a serious medical condition. NBC News, "What is a healthy blood pressure?," 18 July 2019 The inability of the largely white student body to critically reflect upon their own histories, practices, and structures of oppression is symptomatic of white privilege, white entitlement, and a lack of awareness of other cultures in general. Katy Sian, Quartz, "“Liberal racism” continues to plague Britain’s universities," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of symptomatic

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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11 Jan 2020

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“Symptomatic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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