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epiphenomenon

[ep-uh-fuh-nom-uh-non, -nuh n] /ˌɛp ə fəˈnɒm əˌnɒn, -nən/
noun, plural epiphenomena
[ep-uh-fuh-nom-uh-nuh] /ˌɛp ə fəˈnɒm ə nə/ (Show IPA),
epiphenomenons.
1.
Pathology. a secondary or additional symptom or complication arising during the course of a disease.
2.
any secondary phenomenon.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10; epi- + phenomenon
Related forms
epiphenomenal, adjective
epiphenomenally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for epiphenomenon

epiphenomenon

/ˌɛpɪfɪˈnɒmɪnən/
noun (pl) -na (-nə)
1.
a secondary or additional phenomenon; by-product
2.
(pathol) an unexpected or atypical symptom or occurrence during the course of a disease
Derived Forms
epiphenomenal, adjective
epiphenomenally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for epiphenomenon
n.

1706, "secondary symptom," from epi- + phenomenon. Plural is epiphenomena. Related: Epiphenomenal.

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epiphenomenon in Medicine

epiphenomenon ep·i·phe·nom·e·non (ěp'ə-fĭ-nŏm'ə-nŏn')
n.
An additional condition or symptom in the course of a disease, not necessarily connected with the disease.

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