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epiphenomenon

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noun epi·phe·nom·e·non \-ˈnä-mə-ˌnän, -nən\

Definition of epiphenomenon

plural epi·phe·nom·e·naplay \-ˌnä, -nə\

  1. :  a secondary phenomenon accompanying another and caused by it; specifically :  a secondary mental phenomenon that is caused by and accompanies a physical phenomenon but has no causal influence itself



Circa 1706

First Known Use of epiphenomenon

circa 1706


Medical Dictionary

epiphenomenon

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noun epi·phe·nom·e·non \ˌep-i-fə-ˈnäm-ə-ˌnän, -nən\

Medical Definition of epiphenomenon

  1. :  an accidental or accessory event or process occurring in the course of a disease but not necessarily related to that disease




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