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.

hypobaropathy (s) (noun) (no pl)
Sickness or disturbances experienced in high altitudes; high-altitude sickness: Hypobaropathy is due to reduced air pressure and oxygen intake.

Hypobaropathy is caused by reduced barometric pressure and not always distinguished from hypobarism.

hysterodemonopathy (s) (noun), hysterodemonopathies (pl)
Demonomania in hysteria or madness: Alice watched a movie about a man conceiving himself as being possessed by the devil and heard that the term for this was hysterodemonopathy.
hysteropathy (s) (noun), hysteropathies (pl)
Any disease, or disorder, of the uterus: When Meg was at her gynaecologist's office for a regular check-up, she found out that she had a condition of hysteropathy, or an illness of the uterus, which could be treated at the hospital.
idiopathically (adverb) (not comparable)
Pertaining to how diseases arise entirely within organs: Some illnesses appear idiopathically, as opposed to those that are the result of outside influences.

A disease of unknown cause, or a morbid state developing from a spontaneous origin which is not preceded by or caused by any other disease, can develop idiopathically in a person's body.

ileopathy (s) (noun), ileopathies (pl)
A disease of the digestive tract: Mrs. Robinson went to see her doctor on a regular basis to make sure that she there was no condition of ileopathyany in her intestines.
inapathy (s) (noun), inapathies (pl)
Feeling, sensibility: The rare term inapathy is used to to show concern or the interest in a prevailing matter or appeal.

Inapathy is the absence of or opposite of apathy.

incretopathy (s) (noun), incretopathies (pl)
An ailment of the endocrine system: Jackie found the outmoded term incretopathy as referring to the ductless glands from which hormones are secreted by the way of the bloodstream to the cells of specific organs in a living body.

The term "endocrinopathy" is the correct present-day expression for incretopathy.

internal ophthalmopathy (s) (noun), internal ophthalmopathies (pl)
Any illness of the internal structures of the eyeball: Internal ophthalmopathy concerns the diseases of the lens, the retina, or of any other internal parts of the eye.
iridopathy (s) (noun), iridopathies (pl)
Pathological illness or lesion of the iris of the eye: Dr. Radcliffe examined Mrs. Lawson's eyes and told her that she had a condition of iridopathy concerning the iris of her left eye, which should be treated within the week.
isopathy (s) (noun) (no pl)
1. The theory that disease may be cured by a product of the disease: An example of isopathy can be exemplified by the belief that small-pox can be cured by application of the varioles matter,
2. The popular notion that disease in a particular organ may be cured by eating the same organ of a healthy animal: Sam read an article in the newspaper about isopathy in which a person ate part of a healthy animal to cure the ailment of the similar organ in his own body.
3. A method of treating disease by administering products of the disease or portions of the affected organ: Isopathy is a form of homeopathy in which it is believed by some people that a cure can be obtained by using a part of the infected organ.
keratopathy (s) (noun), keratopathies (pl)
A noninflammatory disease of the cornea: Keratopathy can be any type of disease, dysfunction, abnormality, or damage to the cornea.
kinesipathic (noun) (not comparable)
Concerning kinesiatrics; motorpathic: Rose thought it would be a good idea to take kinesipathic classes, like her doctor recommended, in order to treat her ailments by muscular movements.
kinesipathist, kinesipath (s) (noun); kinesipathists; kinesipaths (pl)
A non-medical person who treats diseases by various kinds of movements: Joe's uncle was a kinesipathist, a practitioner who used various muscular motions as a remedy for illnesses.
kinesipathy (s) (noun) (no pl)
The treatment of diseases by muscular action; kinesitherapy; kinesiatrics: Dr. Roberts suggestion that Jane take sessions in kinesipathy, including gymnastics, in order to cure her motor disturbances.
lalopathology (s) (noun) (no pl)
A branch of medicine which deals with speech disorders: Sam read in his book about lalopathology which dealt with the malfunctioning, disturbances, or pathology of oral communication.

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