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[krip-tuh-jen-ik] /ˌkrɪp təˈdʒɛn ɪk/

of obscure or unknown origin, as a disease.
(esp of diseases) of unknown or obscure origin

cryptogenic cryp·to·gen·ic (krĭp’tə-jěn’ĭk)
Of obscure or unknown origin. Used of diseases.


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