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.

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
pathergic
pathergy
An abnormal reaction to an allergen (allergy), either a subnormal reaction or an excessive reaction.
pathetic
1. In medicine, denoting the fourth cranial nerve (pathetic nerve), the nerveus trochlearis (fourth cranial nerve; pathetic nerve; supplies the superior oblique muscle of the eye).
2. A reference to that which arouses sorrow or pity.
Pathetic is the condition of the man who knows it all but has no one to tell it to.
—Evan Esar
pathetic fallacy (s) (noun), pathetic fallacies (pl)
The attribution of human feelings or qualities to inanimate nature, often thought of as a device producing false emotionalism: Susan, the patient, was observed talking to the rocks in the garden, making pathetic fallacies; such as, asking if the rocks were enjoying the sunshine.

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