path-, patho-, -path-, -pathia, -pathic, -pathology, -pathetic, -pathize, -pathy
(Greek: feeling, sensation, perception; suffering, disease, or disorder; a system of treating diseases)
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.
Acropathology also involves the feet and toes because of such ailments as athlete's foot, a fungal infection, primarily affecting the skin between the toes, causing itchiness, sores, and cracked skin; as well as, ingrown toenails which often affects the nail of the big toe, resulting in inflammation of the surrounding tissue and infections of these tissues.
The brain damage that is a result of alcohol fetopathy is often accompanied by, and reflected in, distinctive facial stigmata or characteristics which are indicative of a disease or abnormalities.
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.
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.