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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.
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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
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(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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