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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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"These results suggest that in children, early interventions including both targeted weight loss and appropriate treatments for OSA are critical to breaking this vicious cycle between poor sleep and obesity in order to prevent chronic disease later in life."
Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Kirkton, ON: Kirkton Press; 1994.
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The ministry also announced early today that, with the help of the armed forces and the people of Egypt, it has managed to get the situation under control and end the Muslim Brotherhood's desperate attempts to push the country towards a vicious cycle of violence.
Summary: With hardly few days in power, the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad is facing a major challenge to come up with an innovative budget to change the vicious cycle of economic policies.
Ectoparasites such as fleas, ticks or mites may irritate your kitty's skin to the point where she will start the vicious cycle of trauma, inflammation, irritation and more chewing and trauma.
A vicious cycle of shrinking power demand, bad debts and flawed regulation has created a 350 million euro hole in the finances of Greece's energy system, which depends heavily on imported electricity and gas.
Save the Children believes that measures focusing on the first 1,000 days of a child's life, starting from pregnancy, could help to break the vicious cycle.
Judge Goldstone accepted heroin user Inglesby was in a "vicious cycle".
"People like us want to break this 'vicious cycle' and make our life chances better, as well as improve opportunities for people in a similar position to the one we fond ourselves in.
"This study indicates that these two conditions can influence each other and thus become a vicious cycle," said a study co-author.