se·​quela si-ˈkwe-lə How to pronounce sequela (audio)
plural sequelae si-ˈkwe-(ˌ)lē How to pronounce sequela (audio)
: an aftereffect of a disease, condition, or injury
: a secondary result

Examples of sequela in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Youth living in communities impacted by gun violence experience a sequela of mental health issues including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Amanda Joy Calhoun, Md, Parents, 4 Feb. 2024 Another dangerous sequela of unnecessary treatment is the development of antimicrobial resistant organisms, which is a huge global problem. Richard Marfuggi, STAT, 22 Dec. 2022 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, 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, 23 June 2009

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Word History


New Latin, from Latin, sequel

First Known Use

circa 1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sequela was circa 1793

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Cite this Entry

“Sequela.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


se·​quela si-ˈkwe-lə How to pronounce sequela (audio)
plural sequelae -(ˌ)lē How to pronounce sequela (audio)
: a negative aftereffect
prevention of the post-phlebitic sequelaeA. G. Sharf
the emotional sequelae of early parental deathSheila Ballantyne
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