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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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He squirms on his dunghill, and like a child lost in the dark among goblins, calls to the gods that he is their younger brother, a prisoner of the quick that is destined to be as free as they--monuments of egotism reared by the epiphenomena; dreams and the dust of dreams, that vanish when the dreamer vanishes and are no more when he is not.
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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.
I liked the book's burden, which I took to be that of forging a metaphysics capable of grounding an informationally porous universe to recover, legitimate, and sustain creation's enchantments: those meanings, values, and purposes uniquely given to human intelligences that have been progressively dispatched into the realm of epiphenomena ever since the rise of early modern science.
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