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Pronunciation: pro'ka-tark'sis

Definition: The beginning of a disease under the influence of the exciting cause, a predisposing cause already existing.

Synonym(s): exciting cause

[G. a beginning beforehand, fr. prokatararchomi, to begin first, fr. pro, before, + kata, upon, + archo, to begin]

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