from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Neither causing nor exhibiting symptoms of disease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Med.) showing no symptoms of disease.

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  • adjective pathology Not exhibiting any symptoms of disease.

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  • adjective having no symptoms of illness or disease


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  • The St Mary's group found what they called asymptomatic neurocognitive impairment (ANCI) in 14 patients (31\%).


  • USPSTF and ACS both recommend against screening for ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women.

    Performing the Pelvic Exam

  • My Dr and her partners do not recommend routine pelvic/rectal exams - they are considered unnecessary in asymptomatic women and in fact, can be harmful.

    Performing the Pelvic Exam

  • "We noticed that the neurons in this group of people are larger and we also know that the same group of people we call asymptomatic also had higher language skills during their 20s," said study author Dr. Diego Iacono, a research fellow in neuropathology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

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  • "Since I'm what they call asymptomatic, I don't really have too many symptoms. - Local News

  • PSA screening looking for prostate cancer in the asymptomatic is probably a bad idea all the way around, as discussed on the NYT’s op-ed page today by the person who developed the PSA test decades ago.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Putting Lipstick on the Health-Reform Pig:

  • Past studies have shown that patients who have so-called asymptomatic Alzheimer's disease - those who have the hallmark brain lesions and plaques of Alzheimer's disease but no memory loss - also have enlarged neurons, compared with patients who suffer cognitive impairment.

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  • There are several days throughout the year when the virus reactivates yet causes no symptoms (called asymptomatic shedding, viral shedding, or asymptomatic reactivation).

  • Silent MS - also sometimes described as asymptomatic MS or even undiagnosed MS, this is to me one of the most interesting types; it is a case of multiple sclerosis that is only diagnosed after an autopsy shows the characteristic plaques in the white matter of the brain.

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  • Patients with this plaque buildup, known as asymptomatic carotid stenosis, are at increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death, according to background information in the article.



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