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.

apatheism (s) (noun), apatheisms (pl)
1. The attitude of not caring about religion or even whether there is a God.
2. A disinclination to care all that much about one’s own religion, and an even stronger lack of interest in caring about other people’s religious beliefs.
apathetic (ap" uh THET ik) (adjective), more apathetic, most apathetic
1. Relating to a lack of emotion or a reduced level of activity: Dr. Diedrich thought that Nora's apathetic behavior was the beginning of a significant form of depression.
2. Descriptive of a lack of interest and having no concern about something or someone: The apathetic turnout at the election suggested that the voters were unconcerned about the reelection of the mayor.
Not interested and feeling no emotion.
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Listless and not paying attention.
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Listless and not paying attention.
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1. A reference to having an absence, or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement.
2. Relating to a lack of interest in, or concern for, things that others find moving or exciting.
apathism (AP uh thiz'm)
Insensitivity, not feeling.
apathy (AP uh thee) (s) (noun), apathies (pl)
1. A lack of interest or concern; especially, regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference: There was widespread apathy among the voters, seemingly as the result of the ongoing scandals involving some elected officials.
2. Indolence of mind, not caring about what is calculated to move the feelings, or to excite interest or action: The sound of the waves of the ocean and the warmth of the sun on the beach brought on a general sense of apathy among the tourists visiting the popular island resort.
3. Freedom from, or insensibility to, suffering; hence, no passion or feeling; a passionless existence: From 1847, Lewes Historical Philosophy, "Apathy was considered by the Stoics as the highest condition of Humanity".
A lack of passion or excitement; such as, public apathy.
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Not having any feelings or emotions; or, no interest.
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Any disease of the arteries.
arthopathy, arthopathia, arthopathology
1. A reference to diseases of the joints.
2. The study of functional and structural changes made by diseases of the joints.
arthropathology (s) (noun), arthropathologies (pl)
The study of the various diseases that occur between the bones of the body: There was an entire department at the medical school for arthropathology, allowing the students to study the diseases of the connecting links in the fingers, toes, knees, elbows, etc. under scientific conditions.
arthropathy (s) (noun), arthropathies (pl)
A disease, dysfunction, or inflammation of bodily joints: Unless the arthropathy was diagnosed and cured, Henderson was at risk of becoming crippled due to the disease in the links between his bone structures.
autopathography (s) (noun), autopathographies (pl)
A written account of an illness prepared by the affected patient.
A disorder of eyesight.
bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE); "mad cow disease"
1. A fatal, neurodegenerative disease in cattle, that causes a spongy degeneration in the brain and spinal cord.
2. An infectious degenerative brain disease occurring in cattle.
3. A neuro-degenerative disease found in domestic cattle which is related to a number of other similar diseases found in other animal species, including humans.

The most well-known of these other diseases are scrapie, found in sheep, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, found in humans.

The family of diseases is caused by an abnormally-configured protein called a prion. The function of the protein in its normal configuration is not certain.

The diseases are similar to Alzheimer's disease in humans, except the progressive loss of brain function is more rapid.

Any disease of a bursa (a sac or saclike cavity filled with a viscid [VIS id] or sticky fluid that is situated at places in the tissues at which friction would otherwise develop).

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