Definition of concomitance in US English:


(also concomitancy)


  • 1The fact of existing or occurring together with something else.

    • ‘The aim of this article was to evaluate the concomitance of symptomatic varicose veins and varicoceles in a young male patient group.’
    • ‘Instead, central apneas, which often occur in concomitance with OA in patients with sleepdisordered breathing, are characterized by the lack of both central and peripheral respiratory activity.’
    • ‘It can be questioned whether a more elaborate diagnosis (concomitance of fistulas) might allow for more precisely defined traits in the future.’
    • ‘Cross-correlation analysis reports the concomitancy of the movement of the two species under investigation on the spatial scale of the detection volume, in addition to their mobilities and internal dynamics.’
    • ‘This time around concomitance is emphasized more often, violinist Liza Rietz filtering her playing throughout the album rather than offering a decoupled juxtaposition with the other members.’
    co-occurrence, concurrence, coincidence, coexistence, simultaneity, simultaneousness, contemporaneity, contemporaneousness, synchronicity, synchrony
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    1. 1.1Theology The doctrine that the body and blood of Christ are each present in both the bread and the wine of the Eucharist.
      • ‘His blood, soul, and divinity become present by concomitance, their inseparable connection with his body, not precisely because of the words of consecration.’
      • ‘I will take my medicine on the doctrine of concomitance from the good doctor W.L. Smith.’
      • ‘He is apparently ignorant of the classical doctrine of concomitance by which Jesus the Lord is present in the Host (and in the consecrated wine), Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.’


Mid 16th century: from medieval Latin concomitantia, from the verb concomitari ‘accompany’ (see concomitant).