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Definitions for syndrome
ˈsɪn droʊm, -drəmsyn·drome

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. syndromenoun

    a complex of concurrent things

    "every word has a syndrome of meanings"

  2. syndromenoun

    a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease


  1. Syndromenoun

    generally, a pattern of characteristics or behaviors occurring together, that are sufficiently common and distinctive to indicate that they are due to a known cause.


  1. syndromenoun

    A recognizable pattern of signs, symptoms and/or behaviours.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Syndromenoun

    Concurrent action; concurrence.

    Etymology: συνδϱομὴ.

    All things being linked together by an uninterrupted chain of causes, every single motion owns a dependance on such a syndrome of prerequired motors. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.


  1. syndrome

    A syndrome is a group or collection of related or associated symptoms, characteristics, or abnormalities that occur together, indicating the presence of a specific disease, disorder, or condition in a person. The symptoms collectively characterize a particular abnormality or condition, with the syndrome being named either after its discoverer or the primary symptom. It is often an effect of a genetic mutation or influence of certain environmental factors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Syndromenoun


  2. Syndromenoun

    a group of symptoms occurring together that are characteristic and indicative of some underlying cause, such as a disease

  3. Etymology: [NL., from Gr. ; sy`n with + a course, a running.]


  1. Syndrome

    In medicine and psychology, a syndrome is the association of several clinically recognizable features, signs, symptoms, phenomena or characteristics that often occur together, so that the presence of one or more features alerts the healthcare provider to the possible presence of the others. In recent decades, the term has been used outside medicine to refer to a combination of phenomena seen in association. Some syndromes, such as Down syndrome, have only one cause; others, such as Parkinsonian syndrome, have multiple possible causes. In other cases, the cause of the syndrome is unknown. The term syndrome derives from the Greek συνδρομή and means "concurrence of symptoms, concourse", from σύν, "along with, together" + δρόμος, amongst others "course". A familiar syndrome name often continues to be used even after an underlying cause has been found, or when there are a number of different primary causes that all give rise to the same combination of symptoms and signs. Many syndromes are named after the physicians credited with first reporting the association; these are "eponymous" syndromes. Otherwise, disease features or presumed causes, as well as references to geography, history or poetry, can lend their names to syndromes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Syndrome

    sin′drō-mē, n. concurrence. [Gr., syn, together, dramein, to run.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Syndrome

    A symptom complex of unknown etiology, that is characteristic of a particular abnormality.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'syndrome' in Nouns Frequency: #2542

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of syndrome in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of syndrome in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of syndrome in a Sentence

  1. Robert A. Heinlein:

    Premenstrual Syndrome: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time.

  2. Philip Powell:

    the Basil Spence Syndrome. When Coventry Cathedral was going up and in the public eye, he went through a lean period when he wasn't offered any jobs at all because people thought he wouldn't have time for anything else.

  3. Sara Hart Weir:

    NDSS strongly condemns the use of the ‘r word,' as the leading human rights organization for all people with Down syndrome, we maintain a zero tolerance policy for this type of mockery and offense. All people with Down syndrome are valued members of society and deserve to be treated with the upmost dignity and respect.

  4. Matthew Sims:

    So, for the common cold versions of the coronavirus, they tend to last a short time, but studies with SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome]and MERS [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome], the other two very serious coronaviruses, say they last a couple of years, two, threeyears, but it may actually last even longer than that if you have whats called natural boosting, which means the virus is circulating in the environment and youre exposed to it and that triggers your immune system to make new antibodies ...So thats one of the things were going to find out, how long do these antibodies last?

  5. John Williams:

    Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is extremely deadly, about 30 % of people who are infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome will die, so the virus got over one of the barriers -- it's able to infect humans, grow in them and cause disease -- but thankfully it really doesn't spread well person to person, other than very, very close contacts.

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