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noun Pathology.

the first documented instance of a disease or other medical condition in a population, especially the first infection in an epidemic.
(loosely) index patient.

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Origin of index case

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for index case

index case

noun

med the first case of a disease, or the primary case referred to in a report
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Medical definitions for index case

index case

n.

proband
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