(Symp"tom) n. [F. symptôme, Gr. anything that has befallen one, a chance, causality, symptom,
fr. to fall together; sy`n with + to fall; akin to Skr. pat to fly, to fall. See Syn-, and cf. Asymptote, Feather.]
1. (Med.) Any affection which accompanies disease; a perceptible change in the body or its functions,
which indicates disease, or the kind or phases of disease; as, the causes of disease often lie beyond our
sight, but we learn their nature by the symptoms exhibited.
Like the sick man, we are expiring with all sorts of good symptoms.Swift.
2. A sign or token; that which indicates the existence of something else; as, corruption in elections is a
symptom of the decay of public virtue.
Syn. Mark; note; sign; token; indication.
(Symp`tom*at"ic Symp`tom*at"ic*al) a. [Cf. F. symptomatique, Gr. causal.]
1. Of or pertaining to symptoms; happening in concurrence with something; being a symptom; indicating
the existence of something else.
Symptomatic of a shallow understanding and an unamiable temper.Macaulay.
2. According to symptoms; as, a symptomatical classification of diseases.
(Symp`tom*a*tol"o*gy) n. [Gr. symptom + -logy: cf. F. symptomatologie.] (Med.)
The doctrine of symptoms; that part of the science of medicine which treats of the symptoms of diseases; semeiology.
It includes diagnosis, or the determination of the disease from its symptoms; and prognosis, or the
determination of its probable course and event.
(Syn-) sy`n with.]> A prefix meaning with, along with, together, at the same time. Syn- becomes
sym- before p, b, and m, and syl- before l.
(Syn*ac"me Syn*ac"my) n. [NL. synacme. See Syn-, and Acme.] (Bot.) Same as Synanthesis.
(Syn*ær"e*sis, Syn*er"e*sis) n. [NL., fr. Gr. a taking or drawing together, fr. to take together;
sy`n with + to take, to grasp. See Syn-, and Heresy.] (Gram.) The union, or drawing together into
one syllable, of two vowels that are ordinarily separated in syllabification; synecphonesis; the opposite
(Syn`a*gog"ic*al) a. Of or pertaining to a synagogue.