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[ ahy-a-truh-jen-ik, ee-a- ]
/ aɪˌæ trəˈdʒɛn ɪk, iˌæ- /


(of a medical disorder) caused by the diagnosis, manner, or treatment of a physician.

Nearby words

iat, iata, iatric, iatro-, iatrochemistry, iatrogenic, iatse, iaşi, ib., iba, ibada

Origin of iatrogenic

First recorded in 1920–25; iatro- + -genic
Related formsi·at·ro·ge·nic·i·ty [ahy-a-troh-juh-nis-i-tee, ee-a-] /aɪˌæ troʊ dʒəˈnɪs ɪ ti, iˌæ-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for iatrogenic

  • (In health-wonk jargon, this is known as "iatrogenic mortality").

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British Dictionary definitions for iatrogenic


/ (aɪˌætrəʊˈdʒɛnɪk) /


med (of an illness or symptoms) induced in a patient as the result of a physician's words or actions, esp as a consequence of taking a drug prescribed by the physician
social welfare (of a problem) induced by the means of treating a problem but ascribed to the continuing natural development of the problem being treated
Derived Formsiatrogenicity (aɪˌætrəʊdʒɪˈnɪsɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for iatrogenic



1920, from iatro- + -genic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for iatrogenic


[ ī-ăt′rə-jĕnĭk ]


Induced in a patient by a physician's activity, manner, or therapy.
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