Symptomatic can mean showing symptoms or concerning a symptom. Symptoms are indications of disease or injury and are usually noticed by the patient.

Many conditions and diseases have symptoms. A cough is a symptom of an upper respiratory infection. Pain is a symptom of a physical problem.

When someone has the common symptoms associated with a disease or condition, they are symptomatic. Likewise, when a disorder is present but no symptoms are exhibited, the patient is asymptomatic.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Martin A. Harms, M.D.

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