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In a week three other waterfront workers and a fisherman at Point Carib were down with something which, even Inchcape Jones acknowledged, was uncomfortably like the description of plague in "Manson’s Tropical Diseases": "a prodromal stage characterized by depression, anorexia, aching of the limbs," then the fever, the vertigo, the haggard features, the bloodshot and sunken eyes, the buboes in the groin.
Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  an early symptom that a disease is developing or that an attack is about to occur
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For example fever, malaise, headache and anorexia (lack of desire to eat) are part of the prodrome for the mumps.

It also refers to the initial in vivo round of viral replication.

Prodromal labor, also called false labor, is the early signs before labor starts. See Braxton Hicks.
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  • In a week three other waterfront workers and a fisherman at Point Carib were down with something which, even Inchcape Jones acknowledged, was uncomfortably like the description of plague in "Manson’s Tropical Diseases": "a prodromal stage characterized by depression, anorexia, aching of the limbs," then the fever, the vertigo, the haggard features, the bloodshot and sunken eyes, the buboes in the groin.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
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Associated words [difficulty]:   prodrome , syndrome [3] , Down syndrome [8] , Klinefelter syndrome [9] , carpal tunnel syndrome [9]
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