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vi·cious cir·cle

the mutually augmenting action of two independent diseases or phenomena, or of a primary and secondary affection.

vicious circle

n.
1. A situation in which the apparent solution of one problem in a chain of circumstances creates a new problem and increases the difficulty of solving the original problem. Also called vicious cycle.
2. A condition in which a disorder or disease gives rise to another that subsequently affects the first.
3. Logic A fallacy in reasoning in which the premise is used to prove the conclusion, and the conclusion used to prove the premise.

vi·cious cir·cle

(vish'ŭs sĭr'kĕl)
1. The mutually accelerating action of two independent diseases or phenomena, or of a primary and secondary affection.
2. The passage of food, after a gastroenterostomy, from the artificial opening through the intestinal loop by antiperistaltic action and back into the stomach again by the pyloric orifice, or the reverse.
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