co·​mor·​bid (ˌ)kō-ˈmȯr-bəd How to pronounce comorbid (audio)
: existing simultaneously with and usually independently of another medical condition

Examples of comorbid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pharmacotherapy recommendations: The ADA says medications for comorbid conditions associated with weight gain should be minimized whenever possible. Laura Hensley, Verywell Health, 2 Feb. 2024 Regardless of which came first, any comorbid condition can greatly compound the disease: Hypertension High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a condition in which your blood pressure regularly measures above 130 mmHg systolic and 80 mmHg diastolic. Debra Manzella, Verywell Health, 21 Aug. 2023 Multiple weekly oncology appointments are often the norm, and patients with comorbid conditions like diabetes or heart disease must also include their primary care doctors in the mix. Bobby Green, Fortune, 5 July 2023 The frequency of these screenings will vary based on each individual’s risk factors, comorbid conditions, and life events. Julia Ries, Health, 9 Mar. 2023 Autism is predominantly diagnosed in boys and the two disorders are often comorbid. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2012 Research has shown that high levels of social support are associated with low levels of devastation and feeling dispirited in response to injury, which are often comorbid with the experience of isolation. Jennifer Kuhns, Outside Online, 24 Feb. 2021 Research has shown that mental health conditions and substance-use disorders are often comorbid; up to a half of those who have a mental illness in their lives will also experience an addiction, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, 17 Dec. 2021 Additionally, by some estimates at least 30 percent of unhoused people suffer from serious mental illness 50 percent or more are active substance abusers; many have comorbid mental illness and substance abuse issues. Sachin H. Jain, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History


co- + morbid

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of comorbid was in 1970

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“Comorbid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


co·​mor·​bid (ˌ)kō-ˈmȯr-bəd How to pronounce comorbid (audio)
: existing simultaneously with and usually independently of another medical condition
laparoscopic surgery for symptomatic gallstones may be contraindicated by comorbid cardiopulmonary disease

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