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

adj relating to or according to or affecting a symptom or symptoms

symptomatic relief”
symptomatic treatment”
“a symptomatic classification of diseases”

adj characteristic or indicative of a disease

“a rash symptomatic of scarlet fever”
symptomatic of insanity”
“a rise in crime symptomatic of social breakdown”
typical or distinctive

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