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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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 gun issue has become an epiphenomenon of a much larger conflict over values and identity.
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The fundamental problem with the discipline of psychology is that it was founded on a false premise: that consciousness is an epiphenomenon of the brain.
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For example, dividing the economic structure of a society into two sectors, the centre and the periphery, the epiphenomenon approach describes ethnicity as something, which has gained prominence because of an uneven economy or economic exploitation.
A major strength of Smith's study, on the other hand, is that he seriously considers the more popular psychological trends--from eighteenth-century "animal magnetism" to pop psychology in post-Soviet Russia--to show that academic psychology itself was more than an epiphenomenon within the ivory tower.
DeBoer, in turn: mocked the notion of rising anti-Semitism in Europe; implied that it wasn't real; called for a higher evidentiary standard to prove it; downplayed it as a mere epiphenomenon of American foreign policy; and defocused Jews while centering Muslims as authentic victims of racism.
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In adult patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder who are thought to have comorbid attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the symptoms of inattention, forgetfulness, and impaired executive function might actually be an epiphenomenon of OCD rather than a manifestation of ADHD, a study has shown.
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