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Pronunciation: in'si-dent


  1. Going toward; impinging on, as incident rays.
  2. (n.) An occurrence or event, generally an untoward, or unwelcome occurrence, e.g. a complication of an existing disease, a mishap affecting a patient in hospital.

[L. incido, pp. -casus, to fall into, to meet with]

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