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symp·tom (smtm, smp-)



An indication of disorder or disease, especially when experienced by an individual as a change from normal function, sensation, or appearance. Also called sign.




A side-effect is any effect other than an intended primary effect. It may or may not be expected.


In particular, the term is often used in the medical field with regard to drugs, where the primary effect is that what the drug is usually prescribed for. Although the most common sense of the term side-effect refers to undesired side-effects, in certain cases side-effects can be beneficial.

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