epiphenomenon

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

Definition of epiphenomenon

plural epiphenomena play \ˌe-pi-fi-ˈnä-mə-ˌnä, -nə\
: 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

First Known Use of epiphenomenon

circa 1706

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epiphenomenon

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

medical Definition of epiphenomenon

: 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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