Pro`cat*arc"tic(?), a. [Gr. beginning beforehand. fr. to begin first; before + to begin; intens. + to begin: cf. F. procatarctique. ] (Med.) Beginning; predisposing; exciting; initial. [Obs.]
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.
The physician inquires into the procatarctic causes.Harvey.
Pro`cat*arx"is(?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. first beginning.] (Med.) The kindling of a disease into action; also, the procatarctic cause. Quincy.
Pro`ce*den"do(?), 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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