characteristic or indicative of e.g. a disease; "a diagnostic sign of yellow fever"; "diagnostic information"; "a rash symptomatic of scarlet fever"; "symptomatic of insanity"; "a rise in crime symptomatic of social breakdown"
A term applied to a patient with health-related complaints (i.e., symptoms) that might indicate the presence of disease. At times, the term is applied to a medical condition (e.g., symptomatic pulmonary TB).
Of or related to symptoms. Some researchers are trying to find ways to ease the symptoms of MS; that is, to provide successful symptomatic treatments, which do not, however, alter the disease process itself.
A patient is symptomatic if he or she experiences symptoms. A condition becomes symptomatic when it starts to produce symptoms, even though the condition itself may have been present for some time beforehand.