negative pathognomonic symptom


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negative pathognomonic symptom

[pəthog′nəmon′ik]
Etymology: L, negare, to deny; Gk, pathos, disease, gnomen, index, symptoma, that which happens
any symptom that is not usually found in a specific condition and that, if present, would not be compatible with the diagnosis.

negative pathognomonic symptom

A symptom that never occurs in a certain disease or condition; hence, a symptom whose presence rules out the existence of that disease.
See also: symptom