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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or based on symptoms: symptomatic relief.
  • adj. Constituting a symptom, as of a disease: the rash symptomatic of scarlet fever; a rise in unemployment symptomatic of a weakening economy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. (of a disease) Showing symptoms.
  • adj. Relating to, based on, or constituting a symptom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to symptoms; happening in concurrence with something; being a symptom; indicating the existence of something else.
  • adj. According to symptoms.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of a symptom; indicative; in pathology secondary.
  • According to symptoms: as, a symptomatic classification of diseases.

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

  • adj. characteristic or indicative of a disease
  • adj. relating to or according to or affecting a symptom or symptoms


From French symptomatique, from New Latin symptomaticus, from Ancient Greek συμπτωματικός (symptomatikos, "of or pertaining to a chance (or a symptom), casual"), from σύμπτωμα (sumptōma, "a symptom"); see symptom. (Wiktionary)


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