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secondary disease

secondary disease in Medicine

secondary disease n.

  1. A disease that follows and results from an earlier disease, injury, or event.

  2. A wasting disorder that follows the successful transplantation of bone marrow into a patient whose immune system has been destroyed by radiation, usually accompanied by fever, diarrhea, and dermatitis.

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