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.

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.
polioencephalomyelopathy
Any pathologic process or disorder of function that predominantly involves the neurons rather than the glia or white matter of the brain and spinal cord.
polioencephalopathy
Any disease predominantly affecting the gray matter of the brain.
poliomyelopathy
Any disease primarily affecting the gray matter of the spinal cord.
polyadenopathy, polyadenosis (s) (noun); polyadenopathies; polyadenoses (pl)
Adenopathy affecting many lymph nodes: Jack read in his biology book that polyadenopathy referred to a disease or disorder that involved or concerned multiple lymph nodes in a person's body.

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