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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: symptoma, from Greek, 'something that happens, symptom', from sympiptein 'to happen', from syn- ( SYN-) + piptein 'to fall'

symptom

noun
     
symp‧tom W3 [countable]
1MI something wrong with your body or mind which shows that you have a particular illness
symptom of
Common symptoms of diabetes are weight loss and fatigue.
2 a sign that a serious problem exists
symptom of
The disappearance of jobs is a symptom of a deeper socio-economic change.
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