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Equivocal symptom

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noun, plural: equivocal symptoms

A symptom of a vague or indeterminate disease


Certain symptoms may not be so clear that further laboratory or diagnostic tests are necessary. For instance, "prickling is an equivocal symptom … may mean leprosy or paralysis"1.

Word origin: Latin aequivocus (ambiguous); Greek sýmptōma (occurrence)


  • 1Wallis F. 2010. Medieval medicine: a reader [Internet]. Toronto: University of Toronto Press; [cited 2013 May 3] Available from: