- 1 With symptoms, as a symptomatic infection. 2 Characteristic, as behavior symptomatic of Huntington disease. 3 Directed at the symptoms, as symptomatic treatment.
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* * *1 a) being a symptom of a disease <gummas \symptomatic of syphilis>b) having the characteristics of a particular disease but arising from another cause <\symptomatic epilepsy resulting from brain damage>2) concerned with or affecting symptoms <\symptomatic treatment>3) having symptoms <a \symptomatic patient>symp·tom·at·i·cal·ly -i-k(ə-)lē adv
* * *symp·to·mat·ic (simp″tə-matґik) [Gr. symptōmatikos] 1. pertaining to or of the nature of a symptom. 2. indicative (of a particular disease or disorder). 3. exhibiting the symptoms of a particular disease but having a different cause. 4. directed at the allaying of symptoms, as symptomatic treatment.
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