epiphenomenon

[ ep-uh-fuh-nom-uh-non, -nuhn ]
/ ˌɛp ə fəˈnɒm əˌnɒn, -nən /

noun, plural ep·i·phe·nom·e·na [ep-uh-fuh-nom-uh-nuh], /ˌɛp ə fəˈnɒm ə nə/, ep·i·phe·nom·e·nons.

Pathology. a secondary or additional symptom or complication arising during the course of a disease.
any secondary phenomenon.

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Origin of epiphenomenon

First recorded in 1700–10; epi- + phenomenon

OTHER WORDS FROM epiphenomenon

ep·i·phe·nom·e·nal, adjectiveep·i·phe·nom·e·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for epiphenomenon

epiphenomenon
/ (ˌɛpɪfɪˈnɒmɪnən) /

noun plural -na (-nə)

a secondary or additional phenomenon; by-product
pathol an unexpected or atypical symptom or occurrence during the course of a disease

Derived forms of epiphenomenon

epiphenomenal, adjectiveepiphenomenally, adverb
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Medical definitions for epiphenomenon

epiphenomenon
[ ĕp′ə-fĭ-nŏmə-nŏn′ ]

n.

An additional condition or symptom in the course of a disease, not necessarily connected with the disease.
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