Definition of intercurrent in English:


Syllabification: in·ter·cur·rent
Pronunciation: /ˌintərˈkərənt, -ˈkə-rənt


  • 1 Medicine (Of a disease) occurring during the progress of another disease: complicated by intercurrent infection with other microbes
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    • 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.
  • 2 rare (Of a time or event) intervening.
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    • Telephone interviews were conducted in six intercurrent years.


early 17th century: from Latin intercurrent- 'intervening', from the verb intercurrere.

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