One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a disease) occurring during the progress of another disease.‘complicated by intercurrent infection with other microbes’
- ‘These interleukins are triggered by inflammation, tissue damage, or intercurrent infections.’
- ‘Investigations showed no evidence of intercurrent infection.’
- ‘All have an insidious onset, progress slowly over years, and death is usually due to an intercurrent illness and not directly due to the disease itself.’
- ‘One patient dropped out due to intercurrent illness, one patient was lost to follow-up, and one patient left the study due to personal reasons.’
- ‘Older adults often get acute intercurrent illnesses in which fluid replacement is an important component of treatment.’
2rare (of a time or event) intervening.
- ‘Telephone interviews were conducted in six intercurrent years.’
Early 17th century: from Latin intercurrent- ‘intervening’, from the verb intercurrere.
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