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Dec 1, 2022
This week’s theme
Words originating in running

This week’s words
marathon
troche
interlope
prodrome
dromomania

prodrome
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prodrome

PRONUNCIATION:
(PROH-drohm)

MEANING:
noun: An early symptom that indicates the onset of a disease or an episode of something such as a migraine.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French prodrome (forerunner), from Latin prodromus, from Ancient Greek prodromos, from pro- (before) + dromos (running), which also gave us syndrome, hippodrome, and palindrome. Earliest documented use: 1611.

USAGE:
“Other sufferers experience a migraine prodrome -- a general feeling that a migraine will strike. This usually occurs one or two hours before the headache starts.”
What’s Behind the Pain of Migraines; USA Today (McLean, Virginia); Oct 2000.

See more usage examples of prodrome in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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