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syndemic

[ sin-dem ik ]
/ ˌsɪnˈdɛm ɪk /
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noun
the co-occurrence of more than one epidemic, as HIV and tuberculosis, or substance abuse and mental illness, especially in relation to the biological, social, and psychological interactions of these conditions: Poverty is a systemic precondition for the syndemic of obesity and undernutrition.
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Also called syn·er·gis·tic ep·i·dem·ic [sin er-jis tik ep i-dem ik] /ˌsɪn ərˈdʒɪs tɪk ˌɛp ɪˈdɛm ɪk/ .

Origin of syndemic

syn(ergistic) + (epi)demic; coined in 1944 by Merrill Singer, U.S. medical anthropologist (born 1950)
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