vera causa

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vera (true) + causa (cause).

Noun[edit]

vera causa

  1. The true or real cause of something.
    • 1997, Roy Porter, The Greatest Benefit to Mankind, Folio Society 2016, p. 422:
      Max von Pettenkofer […] upheld a version of the miasmatic theory and denied the bacillus was the vera causa of cholera.