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.

phonopathy
1. Any structural of functional disorder of the component parts of the speech apparatus.
2. Any disease of the vocal organs affecting speech.
3. Any disease or disorder of phonation.
photopathologic
Characterized by or pertaining to any abnormality resulting from excessive exposure to light.
photopathy
1. A pathological effect caused by light.
2. The influence of light upon organisms.
3. Any abnormal change in the skin induced by light.
photoretinopathy
1. A burn in the retina of the eye from excessive exposure to sunlight.
2. A central retina burn from excessive exposure to sunlight or other intense light (e.g. the flash of an electrical short).
3. Thermal damage to the retina because of intense light.
phrenopathy
Disease of the mind.
phrenopathy, phrenopathia, phrenopathic
1. An obsolete term for disorder or disease of the mind.
phrictopathic
Causing a shudder; a term applied to a peculiar sensation caused by irritating a hysterical anesthetic area during recovery.
physiopathologic
1. Pertaining to both physiology and pathology.
2. Involving a pathological modification of normal function.
physiopathology
1. The branch of medicine that studies how disease disrupts normal body functions.
2. The science dealing with the disturbances of bodily function resulting from disease.
phytopathogen
Producing disease in plants.
phytopathology
1. The study of plant diseases and their control.
2. The pathology of diseases caused by plant parasites.
phytopathy
Any plant disease.
pinealopathy
Disease of the pineal gland (a glandlike structure in the brain, shaped like a pine cone).
pneumonopathy
Disease of the lung.
podopathy
Any disease of the foot.

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