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semiotic (adj.)

1620s, "of symptoms, relating to signs of diseases," from Latinized form of Greek sēmeiōtikos "significant, portending, worth marking," also "observant of signs," adjective form of sēmeiosis "indication," from sēmeioun "to signal, to interpret a sign," from sēmeion "a sign, mark, token," from sēma "sign" (see semantic). Its use in linguistics and psychology, "of or pertaining to the use of signs," is by 1923. Related: Semiotical (1580s).

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semiotics (n.)

1660s, in medicine, "branch of pathology concerned with the body's symptoms;" from semiotic; also see -ics. The meaning "study or doctrine of signs and symbols with special regard to function and origin" is by 1880. 

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semiology (n.)

1690s, "sign language, the use of gestures to express thought," a sense now obsolete, from Greek sēmeion "a sign, mark, token," from sēma "sign, mark, token" (see semantic, and compare semiotic) + -ology. As "the branch of medical science concerned with morbid symptoms," 1839; as "logical theory of signs" by 1923. Related: Semiological.

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