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symp·tom  (smtm, smp-)
1. A characteristic sign or indication of the existence of something else: The affair is a symptom of a global marital disturbance; it is not the disturbance itself (Maggie Scarf). See Synonyms at sign.
2. A sign or an indication of disorder or disease, especially when experienced by an individual as a change from normal function, sensation, or appearance.

[Middle English sinthoma, symptom of a disease, from Medieval Latin sinthma, from Late Latin symptma, from Greek sumptma, sumptmat-, a happening, symptom of a disease, from sumpiptein, sumpt-, to coincide : sun-, syn- + piptein, to fall; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

symptom·less adj.

symptom [ˈsɪmptəm]
1. (Medicine) Med any sensation or change in bodily function experienced by a patient that is associated with a particular disease Compare sign [9]
2. any phenomenon or circumstance accompanying something and regarded as evidence of its existence; indication
[from Late Latin symptōma, from Greek sumptōma chance, from sumpiptein to occur, from syn- + piptein to fall]
symptomless  adj

symptom  (smtm)
A subjective indication of a disorder or disease, such as pain, nausea or weakness. Symptoms may be accompanied by objective signs of disease such as abnormal laboratory test results or findings during a physical examination. Compare sign.

symptom  /smptm/  n. 1 a change in the condition or appearance of the body that is a sign of disease: A fever and muscular aches and pains are symptoms of the flu. 2 a small change in appearance or behavior that indicates a larger development or problem: Juvenile crime is a symptom of the failure of our schools.

Thesaurus: symptom 1 an indication, a warning sign 2 an indication, characteristic. symptom

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