path-, patho-, -path-, -pathia, -pathic, -pathology, -pathetic, -pathize, -pathy +

(Greek: feeling, sensation, perception; suffering, disease, or disorder; a system of treatment of disease)

In medicine, some of these elements usually mean "someone who suffers from a disease of, or one who treats a disease"; so, they should not be confused with the words that mean "feeling" which are also shown on these pages even though both meanings come from the same Greek element.

1. A hereditary disorder of pigmentation characterized by white patches on the extremities; depigmentation of the extremities.
2. Depigmentation (loss of color) of the extremities (fingers, toes, etc.).
acropathology (s) (noun)
The pathology of diseases affecting the extremities.
A condition affecting the fingers and toes in which the nail-beds result in thickening and widening of the extremities of the digits; the nails are abnormally curved and shiny.
A swelling or morbid enlargement of the lymph nodes.
Any pathologic condition of the adrenal glands; also adrenopathy.
Any pathologic (disease) condition of the adrenal glands; also adrenalopathy.
Any morbid state induced by a pronounced change in atmospheric pressure; for example, altitude sickness, mountain sickness, or decompression sickness.
alcohol fetopathy (s) (noun); alcohol fetopathies, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (pl)
A description of a spectrum of permanent and often devastating birth-defect syndromes caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy: "The main effect of alcohol fetalpathy is brain damage. This can be caused during any trimester, because the fetus's brain continues to develop throughout the entire pregnancy. The brain damage is often accompanied by, and reflected in, distinctive facial stigmata (characteristics indicative of a disease or abnormalities)."
allelopathy, allelopathic, allelopathically
The release into the environment by one plant of a substance that inhibits the germination or growth of other potential competitor plants of the same or another species.
Someone who practices substitutive therapy or a therapeutic system in which a disease is treated by producing a second condition that is incompatible with or antagonistic to the first (homeopathy).
1. Substitutive therapy; a therapeutic system in which a disease is treated by producing a second condition that is incompatible with or antagonistic to the first (homeopathy).
2. A method of treating a disease by introducing a condition that is intended to cause a pathologic reaction which will be antagonistic to the condition being treated.
3. A system of medicine in which disease is treated by producing effects opposed to or incompatible with the effects of the disease process.
4. A method of treating disease with remedies that produce effects different from those caused by the disease itself.
5. The system of medical practice which treats disease by the use of remedies which produce effects different from those produced by the disease under treatment. Medical doctors are said to practice allopathic medicine.

The term "allopathy" was coined in 1842 by C.F.S. Hahnemann to designate the usual, or normal, practice of medicine (allopathy) as opposed to homeopathy, the system of therapy that he founded based on the concept that disease can be treated with drugs (in minute doses) and so produce the same symptoms in healthy people as the disease itself.

anatomic pathology (s) (noun)
1. A medical specialty that is concerned with the diagnosis of disease based on the normally visible, microscopic, and molecular examination of organs, tissues, and whole bodies; such as, an autopsy. 2. The anatomical study of changes in the function, structure, or appearance of organs, or tissues, including postmortem examinations and the study of biopsy specimens.
Any disease that is peculiar to men, especially one involving the genitourinary system.
andropathy, andropathia
Any disease peculiar to males; such as, prostatitis.

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