Definition of prodrome in English:



  • An early symptom indicating the onset of a disease or illness.

    ‘Classic outbreaks consist of a skin prodrome and possible constitutional symptoms such as headache, fever, and inguinal lymphadenopathy.’
    • ‘For the majority of transplant recipients, a prodrome of fever, malaise, and myalgias frequently precedes the onset of pneumonitis, which is heralded by nonproductive cough and dyspnea.’
    • ‘Patients usually recall a nonspecific prodrome of malaise, fever, and chest pain, especially in viral or idiopathic pericarditis.’
    • ‘There is often a systemic prodrome of fever, malaise and myalgias one to two days before the appearance of lesions.’
    • ‘Vasovagal syncope has three distinct phases: a prodrome, loss of consciousness, and a postsyncopal phase.’
    introduction, opening remarks, preliminary remarks, preparatory remarks, opening statement, preliminary statement, preparatory statement, preliminaries, preface, lead-in, overture, prologue



/ˈprōˌdrōm/ /ˈproʊˌdroʊm/


Early 17th century from French, from modern Latin prodromus, from Greek prodromos ‘precursor’, from pro ‘before’ + dromos ‘running’.