1. A group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease, disorder, or other condition considered abnormal.
a. A complex of symptoms indicating the existence of an undesirable condition or quality: suffers from fear-of-success syndrome.
b. A distinctive or characteristic pattern of behavior: the syndrome of conspicuous consumption in wealthy suburbs.
3. A group of anatomical and often physiological characteristics of an organism that serve a specific function and are presumed to have evolved together: the angiosperm reproductive syndrome.
[Greek sundromē, concurrence of symptoms, from sundromos, running together : sun-, syn- + dromos, a running.]
syn·dromic (-drōmĭk, -drŏmĭk) adj.
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