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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Symptom  \Symp"tom\,  n.  [F.  sympt[^o]me,  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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  (medical)  any  sensation  or  change  in  bodily  function  that  is 
  experienced  by  a  patient  and  is  associated  with  a 
  particular  disease 
  2:  anything  that  accompanies  X  and  is  regarded  as  an  indication 
  of  X's  existence 

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