[si-kwel-uh, -kwee-luh]
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noun, plural se·quel·ae [si-kwel-ee, -kwee-lee] /sɪˈkwɛl i, -ˈkwi li/. Pathology.
  1. an abnormal condition resulting from a previous disease.

Origin of sequela

1785–95; < Latin sequēla sequel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -lae (-liː) (often plural) med
  1. any abnormal bodily condition or disease related to or arising from a pre-existing disease
  2. any complication of a disease

Word Origin for sequela

C18: from Latin: sequel
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Word Origin and History for sequela

plural sequelae, 1793, originally in pathology, from Latin sequela "that which follows, consequence" (see sequel).

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sequela in Medicine


n. pl. se•quel•ae (-kwĕlē)
  1. A pathological condition resulting from a disease.
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