Definition of Indication

1. Noun. Something that serves to indicate or suggest. "Symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"

2. Noun. The act of indicating or pointing out by name.
Exact synonyms: Denotation
Generic synonyms: Naming
Derivative terms: Denote, Indicate

3. Noun. (medicine) a reason to prescribe a drug or perform a procedure. "The presence of bacterial infection was an indication for the use of antibiotics"
Generic synonyms: Reason
Category relationships: Medical Specialty, Medicine
Antonyms: Contraindication
Derivative terms: Indicate, Indicate

4. Noun. Something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary. "There were indications that it was time to leave"
Generic synonyms: Advice
Derivative terms: Indicate, Indicate

5. Noun. A datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument. "The barometer gave clear indications of an approaching storm"
Exact synonyms: Meter Reading, Reading
Generic synonyms: Data Point, Datum
Specialized synonyms: Clock Time, Time, Miles Per Hour, Mph
Derivative terms: Indicate, Read

Definition of Indication

1. n. Act of pointing out or indicating.

Definition of Indication

1. Noun. Act of pointing out or indicating. ¹

2. Noun. That which serves to indicate or point out; mark; token; sign; symptom; evidence. ¹

3. Noun. Discovery made; information. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) Explanation; display. ''Francis Bacon''. ¹

5. Noun. (medicine) Any symptom or occurrence in a disease, which serves to direct to suitable remedies. ¹

6. Noun. (finance) An declared approximation of the price at which a traded security is likely to commence trading. ¹

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Definition of Indication

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Medical Definition of Indication

1. A circumstance which points to or shows the cause, pathology, treatment or issue of an attack of disease, that which points out, that which serves as a guide or warning. Origin: L. Indicatio This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Literary usage of Indication

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1. The Surgical Treatment of Bright's Disease by George Michael Edebohls (1904)
"CHRONIC NEPHRITIS AFFECTING A MOVABLE KIDNEY AS AN indication FOR ... be avoided in common with all other operations not called for as a vital indication. ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1895)
"122, Regent Street, London, WI Telephone : Regent 3406 Telegrams : Negretti, Piccy, London Manufacturers of industrial instruments for the indication, ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1905)
"this disappearance üf oxygen and formation of carbon dioxide are only the external indication of respiration, as has been long recognized. ..."

4. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1886)
"... nor does he give any indication of the later editions of the works. [W. .io Oxon. (Bliss), ii. 323; Brook's Livi-i (if the Puritans, 1813, ii. ..."

5. Technology Review by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Association of Class Secretaries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumni Association (1901)
"increase his ingenuity ; for he soon after proposed an entirely novel method, which is being worked upon now with every indication of ultimate success. ..."

6. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1856)
"The following paper was read :— " Note on an indication of depth of Primaeval Seas, afforded by the remains of colour in Fossil Testacea. ..."

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