adjective Date: 1698 1. a. being a symptom of a disease b. having the characteristics of a particular disease but arising from another cause <
symptomatic epilepsy resulting from brain damage
2. concerned with, affecting, or having symptoms <
symptomatic treatment
a symptomatic patient
3. characteristic, indicative <
his behavior was symptomatic of his character
symptomatically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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