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.

capnopathy (s) (noun), capnopathies (pl)
Any disease caused by smoking: When at the doctor's office, Mr. Smoky found out that his illness was called capnopathy, and was closely related to Mr. Smoky's habit of inhaling the fumes of his cigars over many years.
cardangiopathy (s) (noun), cardangiopathies (pl)
Am ailment of the heart vessels: Mr. Martin was shocked when he found out that he had a disease called cardangiopathy that affected his cardiovascular system.
cardiomyopathy (s) (noun), cardiomyopathies (pl)
Any disease of the heart muscle; myocardiopathy: One of the chronic cardiomyopathy illnesses is connected to the overconsumption of alcoholic beverages, which is specifically termed as alcoholic heart muscle disease.
cardiopath (s) (noun), cardiopaths (pl)
An individual who is inflicted with cardiopathy: Meg's uncle was a cardiopath who had a serious heart disorder.
cardiopathia (s) (noun), cardiopathias (pl)
Sclerosis of the arteries in the pulmonary region; Ayerza disease: Cardiopathia is a chronic illness involving severe cyanosis, which is a physical indication appearing as a bluish appearance of the mucous membranes and skin and is caused by a n absence of oxygen in the blood.
cardiopathic (noun), more cardiopathic, most cardiopathic
Pertaining to a disease of the heart: When Stella's old grandfather died, he was diagnosed as having had a cardiopathic condition which was one of the reasons for his death.
cardiopathy (s) (noun), cardiopathies (pl)
In pathology, an ailment of the heart: Almost all of the young patients with cardiopathy were able to lead quite normal lives.
celiopathy (s) (noun), celiopathies (pl)
A rarely used term for any abdominal disease: In the hospital there were some cases of celiopathy, all having to do with ailments of the intestinal area and stomach region.
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 (s) (noun), cephalopathies (pl)
In pathology, an illness concerning the head; encephalopathy: Cephalopathy pertains particularly to the brain, and most often to the chronic degenerative state.
cerebropathia (s) (noun), cerebropathias (pl)
One of diverse conditions relating to the brain; encephalopathy: The doctors found out that Celia's old aunt had cerebropathia, which they also assumed was related to toxic conditions.
cerebropathy (s) (noun) (no pl)
1. Any disease of the brain: Cerebropathy is a noninflammatory brain infection.
2. A hypochondriacal condition of the brain: Cerebropathy is noted to approach insanity, which sometimes supervenes in persons whose brains have been overtaxed.
cholecystopathy (s) (noun), cholecystopathies (pl)
Disease of the gallbladder: Jane's father was diagnosed as having a case of cholecystopathy, which affected the small, pear-shaped muscular sac near the liver.
chondropathology (s) (noun) (no pl)
The study of the diseases of cartilage: The discipline of chondropathology pertains to the disorders of the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at the joints.

A more flexible kind of cartilage connects muscles with bones and makes up other parts of the body; such as, the larynx and the outside parts of the ears.


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