Definition of symptom
1a : subjective evidence of disease or physical disturbance; broadly : something that indicates the presence of bodily disorderb : an evident reaction by a plant to a pathogen
2a : something that indicates the existence of something else symptoms of an inner turmoilb : a slight indication : trace
symptomlessplay \-ləs\ adjective
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Nurses got email alerts when participants reported worsening symptoms.
The system can be used on patients who are experiencing neurological symptoms and have at least a 50 percent blockage of their carotid artery as verified by an ultrasound or angiogram test.
Many of them have symptoms that can be relieved by cannabis that is specifically formulated for medical use.
Huntington’s symptoms are described as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases — simultaneously.
Donald Trump, the vulgarian at their gates, is a symptom, not a cause.
Now a small study of National Football League players suggests another possibility: that the signs of C.T.E. may be found with a low-cost, noninvasive test that tracks changes in conversational language years before symptoms appear.
And sales staff passed around intricate spreadsheets, with thousands of rows each, on potential patients, including details such as birthdates and information about symptoms, doctor, and hospital.
Then the doctor dogs would hold a conference, and whatever the patient's symptoms were -- coughing, lack of pulse, a spear passing all the way through the patient's head -- the doctor dogs would agree that the best course of treatment was: licking.
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Synonym Discussion of symptom
SYMPTOM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of symptom for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
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 2
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