Hope this is a proper site to post this type of question , apologies if not. Having no luck remembering a word that describes one condition leading to another condition . In a medical sense in my particular situation, but interested in any word that might work. Used this word years ago, might begin with the letter c, but I am just not sure. Thank you all for any assistance . Peace and health

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    Single word requests should include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. Apr 27, 2020 at 12:58
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sequelae (consequences) - It is different from, but is a consequence of, the first condition.

The phrase status post, abbreviated in writing as s/p, is used to discuss sequelae with reference to their cause.


usually sequelaeA condition which is the consequence of a previous disease or injury.

‘the long-term sequelae of infection’



In medicine, comorbidity is the presence of one or more additional conditions co-occurring with (that is, concomitant or concurrent with) a primary condition; in the countable sense of the term, a comorbidity (plural comorbidities) is each additional condition.

A newer sense of the word - the secondary condition may be caused by the primary:

(2) to indicate a medical condition in a patient that causes, is caused by, or is otherwise related to another condition



The word 'contingent' applies here; one thing (B) is contingent upon another (A) if it is necessary that A exists / occurs / is done for B to exist / occur / be done:

contingent adjective ...

1: dependent on or conditioned by something else

  • Payment is contingent on fulfillment of certain conditions.
  • a plan contingent on the weather


  • In patients undergoing curative surgical tumor resection for Cushing’s syndrome, the time to recovery of adrenal function is contingent upon the underlying etiology of the disease, according to recent findings.

[Endocrine Today]

[but note that 'contingent' has other sub-senses]


How about complication? From M-W:

complication: secondary disease or condition developing in the course of a primary disease or condition

A patient could have a series of complications -- complications on top of complications -- one bad thing leading to another.

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