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se•mi•ot•ic  (sē′mē otik, sem′ē, sē′mī-), 
adj. Also,se′mi•oti•cal. 
  1. Linguisticsof or pertaining to signs.
  2. Linguisticsof or pertaining to semiotics.
  3. Medicine[Med.]of or pertaining to symptoms;

  • Linguisticssemiotics.
  • Etymology:
    • Greek sēmeiōtiké̄, noun, nominal use of feminine of sēmeiōtikós, adapted by John Locke (on the model of Greek logiké̄ logic, etc; see -ic) to mean "the doctrine of signs''; (defs. 1, 2) based on Locke's coinage or a reanalysis of the Greek word
    • Greek sēmeiōtikós significant, equivalent. to sēmeiō-, verbid stem of sēmeioûn to interpret as a sign (derivative of Greek sēmeîon sign) + -tikos -tic; (def. 4)
    • (def. 3) 1615–20

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    semiotic, semeiotic /ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪk ˌsiːmɪ-/ adj
    1. relating to signs and symbols, esp spoken or written signs
    2. relating to semiotics
    3. of, relating to, or resembling the symptoms of disease; symptomatic
    Etymology: 17th Century: from Greek sēmeiōtikos taking note of signs, from sēmeion a sign

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