symptomatic

Anything symptomatic relates to the symptoms of a disease. If you're symptomatic, you might be sick.

A symptom is a sign of a disease or illness. Symptoms of a cold include a stuffed nose and cough. So if you have a cough, you're symptomatic. Being symptomatic means you're showing symptoms of something. Sometimes you can be symptomatic and not have an illness: the doctor might not be sure why you're having headaches, for example.

Definitions of symptomatic
  1. adjective
    relating to or according to or affecting a symptom or symptoms
    symptomatic relief”
    symptomatic treatment”
    “a symptomatic classification of diseases”
  2. adjective
    characteristic or indicative of a disease
    “a rash symptomatic of scarlet fever”
    symptomatic of insanity”
    “a rise in crime symptomatic of social breakdown”
    synonyms: diagnostic
    characteristic
    typical or distinctive
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