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.

osteopathy
1. Disease or affection of the bones.
2. A theory of disease and method of cure founded on the assumption that deformation of some part of the skeleton and consequent interference with the adjacent nerves and blood-vessels are the cause of most diseases.
otopathy
Any disease of the ears.
ovariopathy
Any disease of the ovaries.
oxypathia
1. Unusual acuity of sensation.
2. An acute condition.
3. A condition in which the body is unable to eliminate unoxidizable acids, which combine with fixed alkalies of the tissues and harm the organism.
oxypathy
palaeopathology, paleopathology
1. The study of the diseases of past periods or from previous times.
2. The study of disease in bodies preserved from ancient times, such as in mummies.
pancreatopathy
Any disease of the pancreas.
pancreopathy
Any disease of the pancreas.
panpathy (s) (noun), panpathies (pl)
A universal feeling which is shared by everyone: Most people have panpathies about living healthy lives as much as they can.
parasympathetic
Of, pertaining to, or designating one of the major divisions of the autonomic nervous system, distinguished from the sympathetic system by its place of origin, its use of acetylcholine as a transmitter, and its general association with rest and recuperation rather than alertness.
pathema
Any diseased state or morbid condition.
pathematology
1. Another term for pathology, especially psychopathology.
2. In philosophy, the doctrine of the effects on the mind of pleasure and pain.
pathemia
One pole of a personality dimension characterized by emotional immaturity with poorly focused feelings rather than realistic and objective attitudes.
pathergasia
Any bodily malfunction or defect that interferes with an individual's psychological adjustment.
pathergia

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