Indication (medicine)


(1)   A datum about some physical state that is presented to a user by a meter or similar instrument
"He could not believe the meter reading"
"The barometer gave clear indications of an approaching storm"
(2)   Something (as a course of action) that is indicated as expedient or necessary
"There were indications that it was time to leave"
(3)   Something that serves to indicate or suggest
"An indication of foul play"
"Indications of strain"
"Symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"
(4)   (medicine) a reason to prescribe a drug or perform a procedure
"The presence of bacterial infection was an indication for the use of antibiotics"
(5)   The act of indicating or pointing out by name


< < ; see indicate; confer French , , .


  1. Act of pointing out or indicating.
  2. That which serves to indicate or point out; mark; token; sign; symptom; evidence.
    • The frequent stops they make in the most convenient places are plain indications of their weariness. Joseph Addison.
  3. Discovery made; information.
  4. Explanation; display. Francis Bacon.
  5. Any symptom or occurrence in a disease, which serves to direct to suitable remedies.
  6. An declared approximation of the price at which a traded security is likely to commence trading.