iatrogenic

adjective
iat·​ro·​gen·​ic | \ (ˌ)ī-ˌa-trə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce iatrogenic (audio) \

Definition of iatrogenic

: induced unintentionally by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures iatrogenic illness iatrogenic injury to a nerve … obtaining blood from humans is an invasive procedure with inherent risks to the patient such as pain at the needle site and the increased likelihood of acquiring an iatrogenic infection.— Tony K. L. Kiang and Mary H. H. Ensom

Other Words from iatrogenic

iatrogenically \ (ˌ)ī-​ˌa-​trə-​ˈje-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce iatrogenic (audio) \ adverb
iatrogenically induced illness

Examples of iatrogenic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are four types of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, genetic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and iatrogenic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Injury or illness caused by the healer is called iatrogenic harm. Stephan Landsman, STAT, 6 Aug. 2021 If Whitaker is right, modern psychiatry, together with the pharmaceutical industry, has inflicted iatrogenic harm on millions of people. John Horgan, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of iatrogenic

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for iatrogenic

Greek iātro-, combining form of iātrós "physician, healer" + -genic — more at -iatry

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23 Aug 2022

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“Iatrogenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iatrogenic. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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iatrogenic

adjective
iat·​ro·​gen·​ic | \ (ˌ)ī-ˌa-trə-ˈjen-ik also (ˌ)ē- How to pronounce iatrogenic (audio) \

Medical Definition of iatrogenic

: induced unintentionally by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures iatrogenic nosocomial infection iatrogenic nerve injury "Iatrogenic events" were defined using standard criteria as an illness resulting from a diagnostic procedure or therapeutic intervention or any harmful occurrence that was not a natural consequence of the patient's underlying illness (and not present at hospital admission).— Sharon K. Inouye et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association

Other Words from iatrogenic

iatrogenically \ -​ˈjen-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce iatrogenic (audio) \ adverb
iatrogenically induced complications
iatrogenicity \ -​jə-​ˈnis-​ət-​ē How to pronounce iatrogenic (audio) \ noun, plural iatrogenicities

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