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Definition of "symptomatic" [symp•tom•at•ic]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "symptomatic" in a sentence
  • "Leaders of the foundation said their goal is to do away with structural racism, which they described as symptomatic of the wide swath of racial disparities inherent in health outcomes for minorities, the achievement gap in the education system and the disproportionate number of minorities who are imprisoned."
  • "So, you know, a lot of the treatment for this is what we call symptomatic treatment."
  • "We probably could do a better job of diagnosing it in symptomatic patients, especially those who have been given the diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome."