Definition of “symptomatic” - English Dictionary


“symptomatic” in English

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uk /ˌsɪmp.təˈmæt.ɪk/ us /ˌsɪmp.təˈmæt̬.ɪk/

If something bad is symptomatic of something else, it is caused by the other thing and is proof that it exists:

Jealousy within a relationship is usually symptomatic of low self-esteem in one of the partners.

specialized medical showing symptoms of a particular disease:

symptomatic AIDS patients
symptomatic influenza
A doctor who had treated an Ebola patient may have been symptomatic when he boarded the plane.

(Definition of “symptomatic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)