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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.
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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.
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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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