co·​mor·​bid | \ (ˌ)kō-ˈmȯr-bəd How to pronounce comorbid (audio) \

Definition of comorbid

: existing simultaneously with and usually independently of another medical condition

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comorbidity \ (ˌ)kō-​ˌmȯr-​ˈbi-​də-​tē How to pronounce comorbid (audio) \ noun

Examples of comorbid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 If broader outreach and more effective forms of care can help shift more of the direct medical expenditures to treatment of MDD itself rather than treatment of comorbid physical and psychiatric conditions, such a change would be wholly welcome. Paul E. Greenberg, Scientific American, 5 May 2021 Along with comorbid mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, PTSD can significantly impact people’s day-to-day life for months and even years after a traumatic event. Michael Kempner, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 Digestive symptoms and anxiety can be comorbid, and your gut is heavily affected by stress. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 11 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of comorbid

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for comorbid

co- + morbid

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co·​mor·​bid | \ (ˌ)kō-ˈmȯr-bəd How to pronounce comorbid (audio) \

Medical Definition of comorbid

: 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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