Definition of syndrome noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪndrəʊm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪndroʊm//
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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. This syndrome mostly affects women in their forties. see also AIDS, Down’s syndrome, economy class 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). This phenomenon has become known as the ‘Californian syndrome’.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent.: modern Latin, from Greek sundromē, from sun- ‘together’ + dramein ‘to run’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: syndrome