Definition of intercurrent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈkʌr(ə)nt/


1 Medicine (Of a disease) occurring during the progress of another disease: intercurrent infection with other microbes
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • Telephone interviews were conducted in six intercurrent years.


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

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