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.

pathophoresis
The transmission of a disease by insects, rodents, etc.
pathophoria, pathophorous, pathophoric
Conveying or causing a disease.
pathophysiology, pathophysiologic, pathophysiologically
1. The physiological processes associated with disease, injury, or disordered function; the study of such processes.
2. The disturbance of function that a disease causes in an organ, as distinct from any changes in structure that might be caused.
3. Deranged function in an individual or an organ that is due to a disease; a pathophysiologic alteration is a change in function as distinguished from a structural defect.
pathoplastic, pathoplastically
Determining the form of a disease.
pathopleiosis
A tendency to magnify the importance of one's disease.
pathopoeia
1. A speech, figure of speech, or rhetorical device aimed to stimulate the passions.
2. The excitation of passion by rhetoric or poetry.
pathopoiesis
The causation of disease; the tendency of an individual to become ill.
pathopsychology
The psychology of mental diseases.
pathopsychosis
A psychosis involving bodily functions; such as, those arising from organic diseases, including brain tumors, encephalitis, etc.
pathos (s) (noun), pathoses (pl)
A quality that arouses feelings of grief, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow: Pathos and compassion have in common the idea of tender emotion that is caused by suffering or distress.

Pathos is a quality, as in literature and art, that arouses feelings of despondency or hopelessness.

Something or someone who arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, or compassion.
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pathosis
Any kind of diseased condition.
pathotropism
The tendency of drugs to pass into diseased areas.
pedopathy
Any disease of the foot or feet.
pelopathy, pelopathic
1. The therapeutic use of earth or mud to cure a disease.
2. The application of peloids; such as, mud, peat moss, or clay, to all or part of the body.

Also known as pelotherapy.

pharyngopathy
Any disease of the pharynx.

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