PRECIPITATING CAUSE

the specific aspect, at times, a distressing or damaging experience, which is the immediate cause of a cognitive or physical disorder. A sole precipitating occurrence might turn a latent condition into the manifest type of the disorder.

PRECIPITATING CAUSE: "Were there any precipitating causes we should be aware of?"
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "PRECIPITATING CAUSE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/precipitating-cause/ (accessed November 21, 2017).
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