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.

graphopathologist
Someone who interprets personality disorders from the study of handwriting.
graphopathology
1. In psychology, the study of handwriting as a symptom of mental or emotional disorder.
2. Interpretation of personality disorders from a study of handwriting.
gynecopathic
Any disease of, or peculiar to, women.
gynecopathy
Any disease peculiar to women, especially one involving the genitourinary system.
gynopathic
gynopathy
Any disease peculiar to women.
haematopathology, hematopathology
The study of diseases of the blood.
haematopathy, hematopathy
Any kind of disease of the blood.
haemopathology, hemopathology
The study of diseases of the blood.
haplopathy
heliopathia
heliopathy
1. Physical injury from exposure to sunlight.
2. Any pathological changes induced by sunlight.
hellstromism
1. A technique simulating telepathy, in which the "mind reader" (who generally holds a hand or arm) responds to slight muscle movements produced unconsciously by the person whose mind is apparently being read. Also known as "muscle reading" or Cumberlandism.
2. Coined by Robert Nelson as being the development and practice of a "sixth sense" or "perception" that enables the operator to divine certain thoughts and commands of others.

According to the creator of the term and the practice of this system of communication, "Hellstromism is true mindreading, and in its highly developed stages is definitely divorced from any element of trickery or fraud. It is the writer's sincere conviction that the development of the faculty will lead to the revelation of mysteries and possibilities of the mind that are far beyond our present day conception."

Hellstromism by R.A. Nelson; Revised Edition (private printing); 1960.
hematopathy
A disease of the blood.
hemoglobinopathy, haemoglobinopathy
1. A blood disorder; such as, sickle-cell anemia, which is caused by a genetically determined change in the molecular structure of hemoglobin.
2. Disorder due to abnormalities in the hemoglobin molecule, the best known being sickle cell anemia in which there is a single amino acid substitution (valine for glutamate) in position six of the beta chain. In other cases one of the globin chains is synthesised at a slower rate, despite being normal in structure.

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