(?), a. [Gr. beginning beforehand. fr. to begin first; before + to begin; intens. + to begin: cf. F. procatarctique. ] (Med.) Beginning; predisposing; exciting; initial. [Obs.]
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The words procatarctic causes have been used with different significations. Thus they have been employed synonymously with prime causes, exciting causes, and predisposing or remote causes.
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The physician inquires into the procatarctic causes.
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(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. first beginning.] (Med.) The kindling of a disease into action; also, the procatarctic cause. Quincy.
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(?), n. [Abl. of the gerundive of L. procedere. see Proceed.] (Law) (a) A writ by which a cause which has been removed on insufficient grounds from an inferior to a superior court by certiorari, or otherwise, is sent down again to the same court, to be proceeded in there. (b) In English practice, a writ issuing out of chancery in cases where the judges of subordinate courts delay giving judgment, commanding them to proceed to judgment. (c) A writ by which the commission of the justice of the peace is revived, after having been suspended. Tomlins. Burrill.
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