prodrome

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Probably by analogy with syndrome (pro- +‎ -drome), but consistent with Ancient Greek προδρομή(prodromḗ, running forward, sally, skirmish).

Noun[edit]

prodrome (plural prodromes)

  1. (rare) A precursor or harbinger; also a warning event.
    • 1643, Lawrence Womack, Sober Sadness, page 45; quoted in The American encyclopædic dictionary, Volume 7, page 3252, published 1897
      These may prove the Prodromes [] to the ruin of our Monarchy.
  2. An introductory or preliminary book or treatise. (See also prodromus)
  3. (medicine) An early symptom warning of the onset of a disease.

Adjective[edit]

prodrome (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Prodromous.

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