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adjective sec·ond·ary \ˈsek-ən-ˌder-ē\

Medical Definition of secondary

  1. 1:  not first in order of occurrence or development: asa:  dependent or consequent on another disease <secondary diabetes> <Bright's disease is often secondary to scarlet fever>b:  occurring or being in the second stage <secondary symptoms of syphilis>c:  occurring some time after the original injury <a secondary hemorrhage>

  2. 2:  characterized by or resulting from the substitution of two atoms or groups in a molecule <a secondary salt>; especially :  being, characterized by, or attached to a carbon atom having bonds to two other carbon atoms

  3. 3:  relating to or being the three-dimensional coiling of the polypeptide chain of a protein especially in the form of an alpha-helix—compare primary 4, tertiary 2c

  4. sec·ond·ari·ly \ˌsek-ən-ˈder-ə-lē\play adverb





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