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n. pl. ep·i·phe·nom·e·na (-nə)
1. A secondary phenomenon that results from and accompanies another: "Exploitation of one social class or ethnic group by another [is] an epiphenomenon of real differences in power between social groups" (Harper's).
2. An additional condition or symptom in the course of a disease, not necessarily connected with the disease.

ep′i·phe·nom′e·nal adj.
ep′i·phe·nom′e·nal·ly adv.


n, pl -na (-nə)
1. (Philosophy) a secondary or additional phenomenon; by-product
2. (Pathology) pathol an unexpected or atypical symptom or occurrence during the course of a disease
ˌepipheˈnomenal adj
ˌepipheˈnomenally adv


(ˌɛp ə fəˈnɒm əˌnɒn, -nən)

n., pl. -na (-nə)
1. any secondary phenomenon.
2. a secondary or additional symptom or complication arising during the course of a disease.
ep`i•phe•nom′e•nal, adj.
ep`i•phe•nom′e•nal•ly, adv.
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Noun1.epiphenomenon - a secondary phenomenon that is a by-product of another phenomenon
byproduct, by-product - a secondary and sometimes unexpected consequence
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The leviathan concept, Golub argues, allows us simultaneously to avoid seeing these institutions as nothing more than epiphenomena of the microsociological (of individual agency and actors) or as macrosociological--unproblematic, reified--actors in themselves.
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This is a plausible and attractive argument--avoiding both the problem of reducing literature and philosophy to mere epiphenomena of "real" processes that are working themselves out elsewhere and the problem of trying to trace the steps from the writing of a poem to the fall of a government--but it faces the same evidentiary problems as all the other ways of constructing this relationship: without parallel universes to play with, we're not going to settle the issue any time soon.
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