Procatarxis Pro`cat*arx"is, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? first beginning.] (Med.) The kindling of a disease into action; also, the procatarctic cause. --Quincy. [1913 Webster]

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  • procatarxis — 1. SYN: exciting cause. 2. The beginning of a disease under the influence of the exciting cause, a predisposing cause already existing. [G. a beginning beforehand, fr. prokatararchomi, to begin first, fr. pro, before, + kata, upon, + archo, to… …   Medical dictionary

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  • Procatarctica causa — (Procatarxis, gr.), vorbereitende od. disponirende Ursache einer Krankheit …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • cause — That which produces an effect or condition; that by which a morbid change or disease is brought about. [L. causa] constitutional c. a c. acting from within or through some systemic process or inborn error. exciting c. the direct provoking c. of a …   Medical dictionary

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