ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: iatrogenic

iatrogenic (ī-ăt′rə-jĕn′ĭk), adj.
induced unintentionally by medical advice or treatment.

Examples of iatrogenic effects include hospital-acquired infections, incorrect treatment due to misdiagnosis, drug interactions, and consequences due to unnecessary treatment for profit.  Not all iatrogenic events are harmful; some are just unintentional, such as a scar from surgery.  And some, such as the side effects of some chemotherapy, are negative but are tolerated because of the potential benefits.

Etymology:  1920s, Greek, from iatros, healer, and genesis, origin.
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