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Cryptogenic is a term that refers to something of obscure or unknown origin. It is commonly used to refer to:

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  • cryptogenic — adjective Date: 1908 of obscure or unknown origin < a cryptogenic disease > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cryptogenic — Of obscure, indeterminate etiology or origin, in contrast to phanerogenic. [crypto + G. genesis, origin] * * * cryp·to·gen·ic .krip tə jen ik adj of obscure or unknown origin <cryptogenic epilepsy> compare PHANEROGENIC * * * cryp·to·gen·ic… …   Medical dictionary

  • cryptogenic — of obscure or unknown origin, e.g. a species may be an exotic or a native but little is known of its natural distribution and no conclusion can be made …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • cryptogenic — /krip teuh jen ik/, adj. of obscure or unknown origin, as a disease. [1905 10; CRYPTO + GENIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • cryptogenic — adjective a) Of uncertain origin, either introduced or native to its area. b) Presumed but not proven to be caused by an abnormality in a particular part of the brain (contrasts with symptomatic and idiopathic) …   Wiktionary

  • cryptogenic — |kriptə|jenik adjective Etymology: crypt + genic : of obscure or unknown origin used chiefly of diseases; opposed to phanerogenic * * * /krip teuh jen ik/, adj. of obscure or unknown origin, as a disease. [1905 10; CRYPTO + GENIC] * * *… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cryptogenic — of unknown origin Causation and Formation …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • cryptogenic — adj. from an unknown source …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cryptogenic — [ˌkrɪptəʊ dʒɛnɪk] adjective (of a disease) of obscure or uncertain origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • Cryptogenic organizing pneumonitis — Cryptogenic Organising Pneumonitis (COP) or Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia (BOOP) is a rapidly developing pneumonia like illness characterised by lung inflammation and scarring that obstruct the small airways and air sacs of the… …   Wikipedia