pathognomonicmedical dictionary

<medicine> Specially or decisively characteristic of a disease; indicating with certainty a disease; as, a pathognomonic symptom. "The true pathognomonic sign of love jealousy." (Arbuthnot)

Origin: Gr. Skilled in judging of diseases; a disease + skilled: cf. F. Pathognomonique. See Gnomic.

(01 Mar 1998)

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