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any indication of disease perceived by the patient.
1. symptoms of greatest significance to the health care provider, establishing the identity of the illness.
2. the symptoms shown in the temperature, pulse, and respiration.
dissociation symptom anesthesia to pain and to heat and cold, without impairment of tactile sensibility.
objective symptom one perceptible to others than the patient, such as pallor, rapid pulse, rapid respiration, or restlessness.
presenting symptom the symptom or group of symptoms about which the patient complains or from which he seeks relief.
signal symptom a sensation, aura, or other subjective experience indicative of an impending epileptic or other seizure.
subjective symptom one perceptible only to the patient, such as pain, pruritus, or vertigo.
withdrawal s's withdrawal (def. 2).
symptom (omaha) in the omaha system, on the fourth level of the problem classification scheme, the subjective evidence of a client problem as reported by the client or by a significant other; this is closely related to the problem modifier actual. See also sign/symptom.
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Anesthesia to heat, cold, and pain without loss of tactile sensibility; seen in syringomyelia.
See also: symptom
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