Exciting causes

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(Med.) those which immediately produce disease, or those which excite the action of predisposing causes.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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But now, when no exciting causes existed to arouse their slumbering tempers, it seemed to be too great an effort to enter on the defence of their rebellious brother.
Whether this inclination be an exciting cause, or rather a valid proof of such profundity, it is a nice thing to say.
And with that he left me, to marvel at his look and tone, and, more than ever, at the insufficiently exciting cause.