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Definition of syndrome noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a set of physical conditions that show you have a particular disease or medical problem PMS or premenstrual syndrome This syndrome is associated with frequent coughing. see also AIDS, Down's syndrome, sick building syndrome, Tourette's syndrome
  2. 2a set of opinions or a way of behaving that is typical of a particular type of person, attitude, or social problem With teenagers, be prepared for the “Me, me, me!” syndrome (= they think of themselves first).
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