se·​quela | \ si-ˈkwe-lə How to pronounce sequela (audio) \
plural sequelae\ si-​ˈkwe-​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce sequelae (audio) \

Definition of sequela

1 : an aftereffect of a disease, condition, or injury
2 : a secondary result

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Steve Milloy recounts the bad science and sequela of the Tulane University report in Science magazine of hormone disrupting chemicals in many paper receipts. WSJ, "Too Much Academic Science Is Bad Science," 1 Mar. 2019 Following the debut of bulimia nervosa in the DSM-III, the University of Chicago put out a press release publicizing its own rather novel data on a kind of sequela of anorexia. Lee Daniel Kravetz, The Cut, "The Strange, Contagious History of Bulimia," 31 July 2017 Today, however, the Buffalo News carries the story of a New York State teen’s death from MRSA pneumonia as a sequela of flu: Matthew Davis was a healthy Buffalo teenager who participated in sports before complaining of headaches June 13. Maryn Mckenna, WIRED, "H1N1 and MRSA – first disclosed case," 23 June 2009

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First Known Use of sequela

circa 1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sequela

New Latin, from Latin, sequel

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se·​quela | \ si-ˈkwe-lə How to pronounce sequela (audio) \
plural sequelae\ -​(ˌ)lē How to pronounce sequelae (audio) \

Medical Definition of sequela

: a negative aftereffect prevention of the post-phlebitic sequelae— A. G. Sharf the emotional sequelae of early parental death— Sheila Ballantyne

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