1. Any abnormality indicative of disease, discoverable on examination of the patient; an objective indication of disease, in contrast to a symptom, which is a subjective indication of disease.
2. An abbreviation or symbol.
3. psychology any object or artifact (stimulus) that represents a specific thing or conveys a specific idea to the person who perceives it.
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