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  • adj. Relating to prodrome; indicating an early stage of a disease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to prodromes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In pathology, preliminary; pertaining to or of the nature of prodromata. Also prodromous.

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  • adj. symptomatic of the onset of an attack or a disease


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  • First, the patients identified as prodromal must be at considerable risk of actually going on to develop the full-blown disorder.

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  • Reactions to this type of exposure include early symptoms, known as prodromal syndrome, characterized by nausea, vomiting and fatigue, followed by potential skin injury and changes to white blood cell counts and the immune system.

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  • Its age of onset is usually in late adolescence or early adulthood, although precursor ( "prodromal") signs of the disorder may begin to manifest themselves some years prior to the first psychotic episode.

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  • He calls the early symptoms - including unusual beliefs, lack of initiative, and social withdrawal - the "prodromal" phase of these disorders.

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  • The high-risk, or "prodromal," period is now a focal point for prevention, diagnosis and treatment.


  • "prodromal" symptoms, and followed them for two years.

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  • In retrospect, it seems that year marked the start of the "prodromal stage" – the period before the onset of schizophrenia, which can involve perceptual abnormalities, difficulty concentrating, a preoccupation with odd ideas, decreased emotional response, mood swings, social withdrawal and depression – some of the same problems that, for very different reasons, I would later experience.

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  • The diagnosis was not our main worry because we were almost certain Dr. Angus was going to say that Henry was in the prodromal, or incipient, phase of schizophrenia.

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  • The impetus for including prodromal schizophrenic disorder is twofold: the not uncommon situation of a young individual who is seeking treatment for psychosis but who doesn't meet the criteria for schizophrenia, and the extensive research pointing to the potential to identify individuals early in their schizophrenic disorder and to institute treatment before deterioration consigns the individual to a life on the fringes of society.

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  • In one example, Prof. Shorter argues against a prodromal schizophrenic disorder (a possible precursor to schizophrenia), absurdly implying that half his students would qualify for this diagnosis due to "disorganized speech."

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