symptom

(redirected from symptomless)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal.

symptom

Med any sensation or change in bodily function experienced by a patient that is associated with a particular disease

Symptom

 

an indication of a phenomenon, for example, of a disease. Many types of symptoms are distinguished in medicine. Constitutional symptoms characterize diseases of varying genesis and include weakness and increases in body temperature. Pathognomonic symptoms indicate a definite nosologic form; a stabbing pain in the epigastric region, for example, is typical of a perforating gastric ulcer. Subjective symptoms are only revealed upon questioning the individual, and objective symptoms are readily observable through examination, palpation, percussion, auscultation, and laboratory and instrumental diagnostic methods. Signal symptoms are the precursors of a disease. They include early symptoms, such as chest pains with pneumonia, and late symptoms, such as peritoneal irritation with cholecystitis.

A disease is said to be atypical if its characteristic symptoms are absent from the very beginning; an example of an atypical disease is the painless form of myocardial infarction. Modern therapeutic measures and protective inoculations can substantially alter the symptoms of a disease and even cause them to disappear. Diagnosis and prognosis are based on a knowledge of all of the symptoms of a disease.

symptom

[′sim·təm]
(medicine)
A phenomenon of physical or mental disorder or disturbance which leads to complaints on the part of the patient.
References in periodicals archive ?
Meanwhile there could be a large pool of symptomless people who do not realise they are carrying the infectious protein responsible for both the cattle brain disease BSE and vCJD.
The Health Protection Agency revealed Chlamydia ( an often symptomless infection that can lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancies ( showed the biggest increase, with 617 new cases, taking the region's infection total to 3380.
Fibromyalgia has the periods of symptomless remission you describe.
Ilori noted that although they may go on symptomless for years, their first manifestation is always fatal in more than 35 per cent of cases.
Chlamydia is a bacterial reproductive tract infection that is often symptomless, and which is usually, but not always, transmitted sexually.
Because chlamydia is often symptomless, most women are unaware of their infection unless they have been screened using a diagnostic test.
HPV is a very common and often symptomless infection spread through skin contact, often during sex.
Often symptomless, Diabetes UK said people often go up to 10 years without being diagnosed.
RVHD-2 is often symptomless and rabbits can be found dead with no obvious signs of disease, says the practice.
The majority of STIs (like chlamydia) are symptomless, and gonorrhoea is becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics and at risk of becoming untreatable in the future.
Honeyeater explains that STIs can be symptomless, and her sexual partners might not know if they had chlamydia or not.