from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- n. A sign or an indication of disorder or disease, especially when experienced by an individual as a change from normal function, sensation, or appearance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A perceived change in some function, sensation or appearance of a person that indicates a disease or disorder, such as fever, headache or rash.
- n. Anything that indicates, or is characteristic of, the presence of something else, especially of something undesirable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any affection which accompanies disease; a perceptible change in the body or its functions, which indicates disease, or the kind or phases of disease.
- n. A sign or token; that which indicates the existence of something else.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the departures from normal function or form which a disease presents, especially one of the more evident of such departures.
- n. Any sign or indication; that which indicates the existence of something else.
- n. paralysis of the facial muscles for the automatic movements of expression, with retention of the power of voluntary motion.
- n. the occurrence of a paroxysm when the motor nerve of a limb is compressed in tetany.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
- n. anything that accompanies X and is regarded as an indication of X's existence
Middle English sinthoma, symptom of a disease, from Medieval Latin sinthōma, from Late Latin symptōma, from Greek sumptōma, sumptōmat-, a happening, symptom of a disease, from sumpiptein, sumptō-, to coincide : sun-, syn- + piptein, to falls.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek σύμπτωμα (sumptōma, "a happening, accident, symptom of disease"), from stem of συμπίπτω (sumpiptō, "Ι befall"), from συν- (sun-, "together") + πίπτω (piptō, "I fall"). (Wiktionary)