Rarely used term for denoting the exciting cause of a disease. [G. prokatarktikos, beginning beforehand]

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  • Procatarctic — Pro cat*arc tic, a. [Gr. ? beginning beforehand. fr. ? to begin first; ? before + ? to begin; ? intens. + ? to begin: cf. F. procatarctique. ] (Med.) Beginning; predisposing; exciting; initial. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Note: The words procatarctic… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • procatarctic — |prōˌkad.|ärktik, ōkə|tä adjective Etymology: Greek prokatarktikos, from (assumed) prokatarktos (verbal of prokatarchein to begin first, from pro pro (I) + katarchein to make a beginning, from kat cata + archein to begin) + ikos ic more at archi… …   Useful english dictionary

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