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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Definitions for iatrogenic

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

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Citations for iatrogenic
Time was, doctors could safely communicate among themselves by leaving messages written in Greek and Latin in the patient's charts, and iatrogenic--doctor-produced--disorders and nosocomial--hospital-produced--infections were very common. Richard Dooling, Critical Care, 1992
The pill entered the market in 1996 and quickly became an iatrogenic disaster. Ian Frazier, "The Antidote," The New Yorker, September 8, 2014
Origin of iatrogenic
Iatrogenic entered English in the 1920s. The combining form iatro- comes from the Greek iātrós meaning "healer" and adjectival combining form -genic means "produced or caused by."