Glossary term:


Something is objective when it can be seen to be present by more than one person. The term usually refers to something that can be seen, or assessed as being present by a medical professional, as well as being experienced by the patient. The patient’s experience is referred to as being subjective. A patient may complain of the subjective symptom of pain in one knee. A doctor may notice swelling of the knee, which is an objective, physical sign.