Definitions

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

  • noun An early symptom indicating the onset of an attack or a disease.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A forerunner.
  • noun Any prodromal symptom.
  • noun A precursory or preliminary treatise; a prodromus (which see).

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

  • noun A forerunner; a precursor.
  • noun (Med.) A premonitory symptom; a symptom or sensation experienced by a person which presages the onset of a disease or abnormal physiological event.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine an early symptom warning of the onset of a disease

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an early symptom that a disease is developing or that an attack is about to occur

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Latin prodromus, precursor, from Greek prodromos, precursor : pro-, forward; see pro– + dromos, running.]

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Probably by analogy with syndrome (pro- + -drome), but consistent with Ancient Greek προδρομή (prodromē, "running forward, sally, skirmish")

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