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.
by Sharon M. Smith, M.D.
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