Definition of syndrome
1 : a group of signs and symptoms that occur together and characterize a particular abnormality or condition
2 : a set of concurrent things (such as emotions or actions) that usually form an identifiable pattern
Recent Examples of syndrome from the Web
Ross has been recovering from October surgery to correct issues caused by thoracic outlet syndrome.
Those who have other health conditions including gastroparesis, irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux may feel better by eating small meals spaced three or four hours apart.
The youngest member of their crew, 2-year-old Tilly Melendi, who also has PURA syndrome, eyed the boys suspiciously for a while, then relaxed and showed off her crawling and clapping skills.
The Mets have done their best to support Harvey during his return from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last summer.
The Q and A also describes how suramin could be useful for those with genetic conditions that produce autism-like symptoms, such as Fragile X and Angelman syndromes.
Her mother has Lynch syndrome, a hereditary disorder that sharply raises the risk of certain cancers, and since 2003, Priscilla Joho has suffered colon cancer, uterine cancer and squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.
Pincus says that all of Jane's seemingly odd behavior -- like lying to everyone including the police -- is actually a classic symptom of battered woman syndrome.
Because of the condition, she was diagnosed with short bowel syndrome.
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Did You Know?
Combining its two Greek roots, syndrome means basically "running together". So when diagnosing a condition or disease, doctors tend to look for a group of symptoms existing together. As long as a set of symptoms remains mysterious, it may be referred to as a specific syndrome. But if that name is used for a while, it may become the condition's permanent name, even after an underlying cause has been found. So today we have Down syndrome, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, Asperger's syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, Tourette's syndrome, sick building syndrome, and many more. And since mental conditions often turn out to have physical causes, syndrome is used in psychology as well as in medicine.
SYNDROME Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of syndrome for English Language Learners
: a disease or disorder that involves a particular group of signs and symptoms
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