Symptom vs. Syndrome

Symptom vs. Syndrome — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Symptom and Syndrome

Symptomnoun

An indication of a disorder or disease, especially a subjective one such as pain, nausea, or weakness.

Syndromenoun

A group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, disorder, or other condition considered abnormal.

Symptomnoun

A characteristic sign or indication of the existence of something else

drought and erratic rainfall as symptoms of climate change.

Syndromenoun

A complex of symptoms indicating the existence of an undesirable condition or quality

suffers from fear-of-success syndrome.

Symptomnoun

(medicine) A perceived change in some function, sensation or appearance of a person that indicates a disease or disorder, such as fever, headache or rash.

Syndromenoun

A distinctive or characteristic pattern of behavior

the syndrome of conspicuous consumption in wealthy suburbs.
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Symptomnoun

(figuratively) A signal; anything that indicates, or is characteristic of, the presence of something else, especially of something undesirable.

Syndromenoun

A group of anatomical and often physiological characteristics of an organism that serve a specific function and are presumed to have evolved together

the angiosperm reproductive syndrome.

Symptomnoun

(medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease

Syndromenoun

(pathology) A recognizable pattern of signs, symptoms and/or behaviours, especially of a disease or medical or psychological condition.

Down syndrome; acquired immune deficiency syndrome; restless-leg syndrome; battered-wife syndrome

Symptomnoun

anything that accompanies X and is regarded as an indication of X's existence

Syndromenoun

Any set of characteristics regarded as identifying a certain type, condition, etc., usually adverse.

not-in-my-backyard syndrome; tip-of-the-tongue syndrome
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Syndromenoun

a complex of concurrent things;

every word has a syndrome of meanings

Syndromenoun

a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease