Find the word definition

Crossword clues for symptom

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
exhibit signs/symptoms/behaviour etc
▪ a patient who is exhibiting classic symptoms of mental illness
psychosomatic illness/symptoms/disorder etc
▪ Children are just as susceptible to psychosomatic conditions as adults.
relieve symptoms
▪ Drinking a pint of water should help to relieve the symptoms.
signs/symptoms/effects of stress
▪ Headaches, migraines, and irritability are all signs of stress.
▪ The effects of stress are subtle and sometimes difficult to see.
the symptoms of a disease (=physical signs that someone has a disease)
▪ To begin with, there are often no symptoms of the disease.
the symptoms of an illness
▪ Symptoms of the illness include vomiting and severe headaches.
withdrawal symptoms
▪ Pneumonia was the clinical symptom most strongly associated with seroconversion among drug users.
▪ The clinical symptoms of magnesium excess or deficiency can be demonstrated to relate to this dependence.
▪ None experienced side effects or clinical symptoms.
▪ Patients with active colitis had clinical symptoms of urgency, loose stools, abdominal pain, and blood in the stool.
▪ Epigastric pain was the main clinical symptom of duodenal ulcer disease: this was experienced by all patients before entering the study.
▪ The commonest clinical symptom associated with V cholerae non-O1 infection is watery diarrhoea, mild to moderate in severity.
▪ No other significant association between gastrointestinal symptoms and a specific organism was found.
▪ No subject, however, complained of nausea or any other gastrointestinal tract symptoms at any time during the submaximal plateau.
▪ None of the healthy volunteers were taking any drug and none reported major gastrointestinal symptoms.
▪ More recently a series of anecdotal reports suggested that colonic neoplasia might be missed in patients with upper gastrointestinal symptoms or lesions.
▪ Massive haematemesis or, less commonly, melaena, without previous gastrointestinal symptoms, is the typical presentation.
▪ Overall severity of gastrointestinal symptoms influenced the final height centile as it had height velocity during the initial years of follow up.
▪ The frequency of gastrointestinal symptoms was not consistently increased in patients harbouring specific infective agents compared with non-infected patients.
▪ Therefore, we have investigated the presence and absence of different gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with and without intestinal infections.
▪ Although the mental symptoms could be a result of the physical ones, this seems unlikely.
▪ Both physical and mental symptoms were relieved, sometimes within days of discontinuing the drugs.
▪ It is much more important to look out for those strong, peculiar, characteristic symptoms and any mental or general symptoms.
▪ Similarly, the effects of alcohol abuse are often mistaken for depression, again because the physical and mental symptoms are similar.
▪ This would be an example of a mental symptom.
▪ So mental and general symptoms carry greater weight when evaluating a case.
▪ One third of the patients had only mild symptoms after the initial treatment of their disease.
▪ However, some patients continue to suffer milder symptoms.
▪ Many patients are asymptomatic or have mild flu-like symptoms.
▪ Fifty four children had intermittent or continuing mild symptoms not requiring further prednisone during the first year.
▪ You may perhaps have some mild symptoms of the disease itself.
▪ Deep dyslexics exhibit several other reading symptoms too.
▪ Parkinson's disease is a degenerative brain disorder that causes tremors and muscle rigidity among other symptoms.
▪ No subject, however, complained of nausea or any other gastrointestinal tract symptoms at any time during the submaximal plateau.
▪ The remedy picture may include a lot of other symptoms that are not in the case itself.
▪ Two, who were most seriously ill with vomiting and other symptoms, were released after a week.
▪ If they can't, it may be a matter of waiting to see if other symptoms develop.
▪ Even with the other symptoms, the loss of a couple of pounds in a week seemed fine.
▪ The patient was thin, desired salt, and has other symptoms allowing the selection of Nat.
▪ We have suggested that the experience of physical symptoms of anxiety result from stress.
▪ What they are saying is that some women have physical symptoms premenstrually, and that definitely is not a mental illness.
▪ From an assessment point of view this information establishes a baseline record of frequency of panic attacks or other physical symptoms.
▪ We might well ask what such physical symptoms are doing in a manual of mental illness.
▪ The physical symptoms occur as a result of too much oxygen and too little carbon dioxide.
▪ We all have quite individualized menus of physical symptoms and what they mean to us.
▪ It also helps the therapist identify antecedents, prominent physical symptoms, and catastrophic thoughts.
▪ Impaired self-esteem, stress, physical symptoms.
Psychiatric symptoms Further data concerning the prevalence of a variety of psychiatric symptoms are available from the health and lifestyle survey.
▪ Indeed, his first patient was a Philadelphia man who suffered from epilepsy and psychiatric symptoms.
▪ The psychiatric symptoms of complex partial seizures are said to be indistinguishable from those of true psychiatric disorders.
▪ Limbic system disease, which causes both epilepsy and psychiatric symptoms.
▪ Against this was a marked reduction in psychiatric symptoms, scores declining on average by 40 percent.
▪ The authors' purpose in this paper was to attempt to dissect psychiatric symptoms and cognition in schizophrenia.
▪ Organic has tended to mean obvious damage of some sort, producing psychiatric symptoms.
▪ We evaluated children's lung function and respiratory symptoms in relation to both length of gestation and the birth weight adjusted for gestational age.
▪ An analysis of the 1987 survey was undertaken to estimate the dose-response relations of height and respiratory symptoms to passive smoking.
▪ This was the sample used for the analysis of birth weight, gestational age, and respiratory symptoms.
▪ Conclusions - Over half the children presenting to this referral hospital with respiratory symptoms were hypoxaemic.
▪ The respiratory symptoms are its main indication for use.
▪ Most epidemiological studies have not analysed respiratory symptoms in relation to birth weight and gestational age separately.
▪ The mechanisms through which prenatal events influence lung function differ from those that affect respiratory symptoms in children.
▪ His sister already has severe symptoms.
▪ The most anxious and most depressed kids had the most severe symptoms.
▪ Some people suffer quite severe symptoms of feeling dizzy or faint if they go long periods without eating.
▪ The real reason? Severe flu symptoms, he said.
▪ The reduction was due to more severe symptoms with longer hospital stay in the supportive care group.
▪ Future research in this field should also attempt to assess attributions before the more chronic and severe symptoms set in.
▪ On DeMeester-Johnson clinical score, 15 of 25 patients had no reflux, while eight reported mild and two moderately severe symptoms.
▪ Although we did not study any patients with severe symptoms, our findings seem to be clinically relevant.
▪ Visitors and holidaymakers who suffer from machine knitting withdrawal symptoms are welcome at the meetings!
▪ But, of course, this only postpones the final reckoning and leads to more intense withdrawal symptoms later on.
▪ Many of the children suffer drug withdrawal symptoms.
▪ When you first stop taking caffeine, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.
▪ It was more than a forewarning of withdrawal symptoms.
▪ A heavy bout of drinking will produce temporary withdrawal symptoms as the brain and body strive to rebalance themselves.
▪ It is not long before their imaginative faculties are reactivated and word-processing becomes a universal withdrawal symptom.
▪ No withdrawal symptoms from prime-time fame?
▪ Bee stings have been known to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
▪ They can, however, be of real benefit in alleviating symptoms and side-effects.
▪ A cold wet cloth placed on her cheeks will help alleviate the symptoms.
▪ To alleviate the symptoms, about one in five diabetics in rich countries injects himself regularly with insulin.
▪ This may be enough to alleviate the symptoms.
▪ Repeated attempts to provoke an attack may cause the symptoms to disappear altogether.
▪ In multiple sclerosis it is the cholesterol-rich insulating layer that disintegrates and causes the symptoms.
▪ Hahnemann discovered that certain remedies caused particular symptoms in a healthy person.
▪ Syphilitic aneurysms cause most of their symptoms by pressure on surrounding structures in the chest.
▪ It states that a substance causing certain symptoms in a healthy person can cure a sick person with the same symptoms.
▪ As he progressed through food reintroductions he did not identify anything that caused symptoms.
▪ Make a note of which foods cause symptoms and which do not.
▪ The way patients and their communities describe the symptoms also determines the type of help they will seek.
▪ Well, could she describe his symptoms?
▪ Explain why you are concerned, describing the patient's symptoms carefully, and ask for advice.
▪ Or, putting it another way, it describes the symptoms, the effects, rather than the cause.
▪ Often a son or daughter will have been on the brink of a promising career when they developed their first symptoms.
▪ Gradually developing hypertonicity produces less symptoms than that developing abruptly.
▪ They are being urged to see their own doctors if they develop symptoms such as a persistent cough, sweating or weight loss.
▪ But have I already developed any symptoms?
▪ This would explain why most people fail to develop symptoms right at the beginning of the infestation.
▪ This means we begin to develop symptoms which can lead to illness.
▪ Although at the moment antibiotics are unable to treat E.coli, a new drug has recently been developed that fights the symptoms.
▪ In the United Kingdom over 95 percent of males with acute, uncomplicated gonorrhoea will develop symptoms of some sort.
▪ She was displaying all the classic symptoms.
▪ What you have are groups of people who display superficially similar symptoms for a variety of different reasons.
▪ Deep dyslexics exhibit several other reading symptoms too.
▪ Betty Levin had been hospitalized for two weeks when her husband, Alvin, began exhibiting symptoms.
▪ We now exhibit the same symptoms of the same disease, the loss of myth.
▪ But when that remedy was given to a sick person exhibiting those same symptoms, it helped cure the person.
▪ Was I sure I wasn't experiencing any symptoms?
▪ When you first stop taking caffeine, you may experience withdrawal symptoms.
▪ Some people may experience symptoms shortly after infection.
▪ While in the hospital, he experienced no further symptoms.
▪ So it is the woman who will experience the first withdrawal symptoms.
▪ I have a friend who experienced such symptoms, so I suggested she tried adding sugar to her tea.
▪ First subjects are asked if they have experienced each symptom.
▪ The symptoms included memory lapses, depression, insomnia, daytime fatigue, slurred speech, confusion and migraine like headaches.
▪ Rather, poor eyesight uncorrected by glasses and harshly taxed by use may produce symptoms of strain, including headaches.
▪ Its symptoms can include the loss of your sense of humour.
▪ Other symptoms of dyslexia can include difficulty in writing, calculating or even understanding the spoken word.
▪ Initial symptoms include fever and mild sore throat.
▪ Now her symptoms include thinking and memory problems, sleep disturbances, heart palpitations, dizziness and weakness, Lopez said.
▪ Whatever the cause, the presenting symptom is therefore one that manifests focal brain dysfunction.
▪ It is at this point that gonorrhoea may start to produce symptoms in the female.
▪ Nonspecialists are often reluctant to diagnose depression, which can produce symptoms ranging from insomnia to pelvic pain, Thompson says.
▪ Repression of these impulses may produce symptoms in the bowel region.
▪ Gradually developing hypertonicity produces less symptoms than that developing abruptly.
▪ Each contains histamine, which floods through the body producing symptoms including swelling, redness and cramps.
▪ Rather, poor eyesight uncorrected by glasses and harshly taxed by use may produce symptoms of strain, including headaches.
▪ Natural healing powers Our natural healing or life powers will cope with many of these stresses without ever producing any symptoms.
▪ Organic has tended to mean obvious damage of some sort, producing psychiatric symptoms.
▪ These are useful in relieving some of the symptoms of underdevelopment.
▪ Seldane was first introduced in 1985, the first prescription antihistamine to relieve hayfever symptoms without drowsiness.
▪ A colostomy was performed in an attempt to relieve her large bowel symptoms, and subsequently closed.
▪ But such a strategy would serve primarily to relieve some symptoms of poverty rather than its cause.
▪ Estrogen replacement relieves such symptoms of menopause as hot flashes and night sweats, reduces bone loss and relieves vaginal dryness.
▪ The media campaign is only a small part of a huge and impressive effort to get people to report their symptoms.
▪ For instance, there is a positive correlation between marital dissatisfaction and the reported intensity of premenstrual symptoms.
▪ In the reported cases, the symptoms occurred on average about 76 days from the time patients began protease inhibitor therapy.
▪ However, he too began to show symptoms of the same terrible disease, which was incurable in those days.
▪ The first died March 30, and a second was destroyed April 13 after showing symptoms of Ebola.
▪ A carrier of hepatitis B is infectious to other people even if he or she does not show symptoms.
▪ Then the cancer started to show new symptoms.
▪ Three fine calves had shown symptoms of acute gastric pain, I had treated them and they had died.
▪ High government officials began to show symptoms, as did chaste wives who had been infected by their straying husbands.
▪ She had fallen ill following a dinner at her son's house and had shown symptoms of arsenic poisoning.
▪ It shows frequent symptoms of hypochondria and neurasthenia.
▪ He suffered such terrible symptoms he tried to kill himself.
▪ Second baseman DeShields, who is suffering from flu-like symptoms, returned to practice after missing parts of the previous two.
▪ Hormones take the heat off Thousands of women suffer menopausal symptoms which could be relieved by a course of Hormone Replacement Therapy.
▪ Of the survivors, none suffered recurrent symptoms after complete recovery.
▪ Many of the children suffer drug withdrawal symptoms.
▪ Each was admitted as suffering from schizophrenic symptoms.
▪ However, some patients continue to suffer milder symptoms.
▪ There are even humans who can carry Vibrio cholerae in their guts and suffer no symptoms.
▪ Herbal remedies tend to treat the symptoms, even if the actual cause is not known.
▪ As a result, Berman treats the symptoms.
▪ But too much debate focuses on measures to treat the symptoms of the malaise, rather than tackling the cause.
▪ But such an approach is a classic example of treating symptoms of organizational dysfunction, rather than its root causes.
▪ It's important for the whole family to be treated even if symptoms are not present, as infection occurs very easily.
▪ There is only time for doctors with magic pills that treat the symptoms.
▪ First the doctor asked me to describe my symptoms.
▪ In his speech the Bishop labelled these crimes as a symptom of society's moral decline.
▪ The first symptoms of hepatitis are tiredness, vomiting, and loss of weight.
▪ The tablets help relieve cold symptoms.
▪ At each visit, symptoms and side effects were noted and blood was taken for haematological and biochemical screening tests.
▪ At the medical products firm we mentioned earlier, symptoms of denial were rife.
▪ His symptoms worsened over the next two days and he returned to the nutritionist.
▪ Just knowing that one is participating in a study of the menstrual cycle can increase reports of negative symptoms by 80 percent.
▪ She had no symptoms, except that no monthly showing of blood took place.
▪ The symptoms that he had put up with for 20 years now became a real problem.
▪ Usually, high blood pressure has no symptoms, so many people have it for years without knowing.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Symptom \Symp"tom\, n. [F. sympt[^o]me, Gr. ? anything that has befallen one, a chance, causality, symptom, fr. ? to fall together; sy`n with + ? to fall; akin to Skr. pat to fly, to fall. See Syn-, and cf. Asymptote, Feather.]

  1. (Med.) Any affection which accompanies disease; a perceptible change in the body or its functions, which indicates disease, or the kind or phases of disease; as, the causes of disease often lie beyond our sight, but we learn their nature by the symptoms exhibited.

    Like the sick man, we are expiring with all sorts of good symptoms.

  2. A sign or token; that which indicates the existence of something else; as, corruption in elections is a symptom of the decay of public virtue.

    Syn: Mark; note; sign; token; indication.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1540s, re-Latinized from sinthoma (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin sinthoma "symptom of a disease," altered from Late Latin symptoma, from Greek symptoma "a happening, accident, disease," from stem of sympiptein "to befall, happen; coincide, fall together," from assimilated form of syn- "together" (see syn-) + piptein "to fall," from PIE *pi-pt-, reduplicated form of root *pet- "to rush; to fly" (see petition (n.)).\n

\nSpelling restored in early Modern English in part by influence of Middle French symptome (16c.). General (non-medical) use is from 1610s.


n. 1 (context medicine English) A perceived change in some function, sensation or appearance of a person that indicates a disease or disorder, such as fever, headache or rash. 2 A signal; anything that indicates, or is characteristic of, the presence of something else, especially of something undesirable.

  1. n. (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

  2. anything that accompanies X and is regarded as an indication of X's existence


A symptom (from Greek σύμπτωμα, "accident, misfortune, that which befalls", from συμπίπτω, "I befall", from συν- "together, with" and πίπτω, "I fall") is a departure from normal function or feeling which is noticed by a patient, reflecting the presence of an unusual state, or of a disease. A symptom is subjective, observed by the patient, and cannot be measured directly, whereas a sign is objectively observable by others. For example, paresthesia is a symptom (only the person experiencing it can directly observe their own tingling feeling), whereas erythema is a sign (anyone can confirm that the skin is redder than usual). Symptoms and signs are often nonspecific, but often combinations of them are at least suggestive of certain diagnoses, helping to narrow down what may be wrong. In other cases they are specific even to the point of being pathognomonic.

The term is sometimes also applied to physiological states outside the context of disease, as for example when referring to "symptoms of pregnancy".

Symptom (disambiguation)

Symptom refers to a medical indication of an illness.

Usage examples of "symptom".

There are, furthermore, the accompanying symptoms of a coated tongue, bitter taste in the mouth, unpleasant eructations, scalding of the throat from regurgitation, offensive breath, sick headache, giddiness, disturbed sleep, sallow countenance, heart-burn, morbid craving after food, constant anxiety and apprehension, fancied impotency, and fickleness.

But when this period arrives and the menstrual discharge takes place into the vagina, the female will suffer from the retention and accumulation of this secretion, and ultimately a tumor or a protrusion of the membrane which closes the vagina will occur, giving rise to severe pain and other serious symptoms.

Even in this somewhat advanced stage of the disease, when the symptoms are so apparent, many cases are shamefully neglected because an ignorant adviser says it is nothing serious and that the patient will outgrow it.

To control this disagreeable symptom, the candidates for both species of afflatus used to come to their meetings provided with napkins and rollers with which to bind their middles, and prevent the supervening inflation.

Affront Old Guard were slightly ashamed their civilisation had a Diplomatic service at all and so tried to compensate for what they were worried might look to other species suspiciously like a symptom of weakness by ensuring that only the most aggressive and xenophobic Affronters became diplomats, to forestall anybody forming the dangerously preposterous idea the Affront were going soft.

Homeopathy deals with the physical personality, the symptoms put together making up the physical personality, while allopathy goes by diagnosis which does not consider the personality.

A strange case turned up at the surgery today, it might be a variant of psychic blindness or amaurosis, but there appears to be no evidence of any such symptoms ever having been established, What are these illnesses, amaurosis and that other thing, his wife asked him.

The young Amphora scientist snuck a glance at her, torn between his fear of Jockey and his interest in her symptoms.

He was still speaking analytically, like a medically trained cancer victim describing his own terminal symptoms.

Aphasia, amnesia, aphonia--and often anosmia and apnoea--are symptoms of hysteria.

One of the most common symptoms of anteversion is a frequent desire to urinate, in consequence of the pressure of the uterus upon the bladder.

Enlargement of the uterus, the womb, or displacements of that organ, as prolapsus, or anteversion, and all capable of producing symptoms of bladder disease.

You could not get that information from the family doctor because the doctor had never been taught about the symptoms and signs of anthrax disease.

In the inhalational anthrax cases following September 11, the average time from exposure to the bacteria to the onset of symptoms was four days.

Even those of us who have not been affected so far are beginning to feel the early symptoms of the antibody attack.