Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of obscure or unknown origin. Used of diseases.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as cryptogenetic.

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  • adjective of an organism Of uncertain origin, either introduced or native to its area.
  • adjective Presumed but not proven to be caused by an abnormality in a particular part of the brain (contrasts with symptomatic and idiopathic).
  • adjective of a disease Of uncertain cause.

Etymologies

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From crypto- + -genic.

Examples

  • The 35-year-old woman's symptoms were typical of this unusual kind of "cryptogenic" stroke, says Jose Biller, MD, professor and chair of the neurology department at Loyola University,

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  • The 35-year-old woman's symptoms were typical of this unusual kind of "cryptogenic" stroke, says Jose Biller, MD, professor and chair of the neurology department at Loyola University,

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  • The 35-year-old woman's symptoms were typical of this unusual kind of "cryptogenic" stroke, says Jose Biller, MD, professor and chair of the neurology department at Loyola University,

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  • If it was a problem, he said, "that information needs to be in the public domain" and would have "much larger implications for STARFlex, a device already marketed in Europe for the treatment of cryptogenic stroke."

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  • If it was a problem, he said, "that information needs to be in the public domain" and would have "much larger implications for STARFlex, a device already marketed in Europe for the treatment of cryptogenic stroke."

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  • After the influenza, some cryptogenic temperature set in.

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  • My medical knowledge was certainly notched up, and for a few brief weeks I managed to slip "cryptogenic fibrosing alveolitis" into casual conversation.

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  • In 2007, Rajaratnam suffered a "severe cryptogenic stroke," or a stroke of undetermined cause, Wise said.

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  • Etiology was idiopathic in 50.8%, remote symptomatic in 27.8%, and cryptogenic in 21.3%.

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  • Sunil Patel, a patient of cryptogenic cirrhosis, was advised to undergo a liver transplant in March after developing severe complications in February of heavy water retention in stomach which also affected Patel's kidneys.

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  • JM just doesn't know where he got cryptogenic from.

    February 14, 2010