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.

cacopathy
An old term for a severe affliction or malady.
cacopathy (s) (noun), cacopathies (pl)
An old term for a severe affliction or malady: Deeply puzzled by the cacopathy of the patient, the elderly and wise country doctor urged her to get lots of rest, drink only boiled water that has cooled, and to only eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
capillaropathy
Any disease of the capillaries, often applied to vascular changes in diabetes mellitus.
capnopathy (s) (noun), capnopathies (pl)
Any disease caused by smoking.
cardangiopathy
A disease of the heart vessels.
cardiomyopathy
Any disease of the heart muscle; also, myocardiopathy.
cardiopath
cardiopathia
cardiopathic
cardiopathy
A reference to heart disease.
celiopathy
A term for any abdominal disease.
cenesthesiopathy (s) (noun), cenesthesiopathies (pl)
1. Disordered consciousness or awareness; malaise: After months of gray rainy skies, a general cenesthesiopathy was felt in the town because everyone wanted to see the sun shine again.
2. A vague feeling of physical discomfort or uneasiness, which often takes place early in an illness: The day before Lina came down with the flu, she was in a state of cenesthesiopathy and so she wasn't feeling very well and had no energy.
cenesthopathy (s) (noun), cenesthopathies (pl)
1. Any localized distortion of body awareness, such as the feeling that a hand has become like jelly; less commonly the term is used to refer to a feeling of general physical ill-being: As the result of a severe blow to the back of her hand, Jackie experienced transitory cenesthopathy, and her hand felt like jelly so she could not easily move her fingers.
2. A general feeling of discomfort, unease, and malaise not attributable to any particular part of the body: Rainy days always bring on a general sense of cenesthopathy for Pearl.
cephalopathy
See encephalopathy.
cerebropathia

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