symptom

Definitions

General English

Agriculture

  • noun a change in the functioning or appearance of an organism, which shows that a disease or disorder is present

Health Economics

  • (written as Symptom)
    An indication of a disease or health condition that a patient feels (e.g. pain, dizziness, or nausea).

Medical

  • noun a change in the way the body works or a change in the body’s appearance, which shows that a disease or disorder is present and which the person is aware of

Origin & History of “symptom”

A symptom is etymologically something that ‘happens’ – an occurrence or phenomenon. The word’s application to physiological phenomena as signs of disease is a secondary development. It comes via late Latin symptōma from Greek súmptōma ‘occurrence’, a derivative of sumpíptein ‘fall together’, hence ‘fall on, happen to’. this was a compound verb formed from the prefix sun- ‘together’ and píptein ‘fall’.
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