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[in-ter-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-]
  1. intervening, as of time or events.
  2. Pathology. (of a disease) occurring while another disease is in progress.
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Origin of intercurrent

1605–15; < Latin intercurrent- (stem of intercurrēns) present participle of intercurrere to run between. See inter-, current
Related formsin·ter·cur·rence, nounin·ter·cur·rent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for intercurrent

Historical Examples of intercurrent

  • One reason, it may be, why such a conclusion is not often reached is because of intercurrent maladies.

    A System of Practical Medicine By American Authors, Vol. II


  • Proceeding to its natural termination without complications or intercurrent affections, death finally occurs from exhaustion.

  • Although outbreaks of anxiety may be intercurrent, the dominant picture is of stupor.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Though this be not every where so, the intercurrent partitions in some places being very much thicker in proportion to the holes.


    Robert Hooke

  • Intercurrent, in-tėr-kur′ent, adj. running between: intervening.

British Dictionary definitions for intercurrent


  1. occurring during or in between; intervening
  2. pathol (of a disease) occurring during the course of another disease
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Derived Formsintercurrence, nounintercurrently, adverb
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intercurrent in Medicine


  1. Occurring in addition to and usually altering the course of another disease.
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