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.

cerebropathy
1. Any disease of the brain.
2. A hypochondriacal condition, approaching insanity, which sometimes supervenes in persons whose brains have been overtaxed.
cholecystopathy
Disease of the gallbladder.
chondropathology
The study of the diseases of cartilage or the firm, rubbery tissue that cushions bones at 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.

chondropathy
Disease of the cartilage.
coagulopathy
Disease affecting the coagulability of the blood.
colonopathy
Any disordered condition of the colon. Also colopathy.
coxarthropathy (s) (noun), coxarthropathies (pl)
A localized disease effecting the hip joints: As a result of his coxarthropathy, Astor was scheduled to have a hip replacement surgery the following month.
craniopathy
1. Any pathological condition of the cranial bones.
2. Any diffuse abnormality of the skull; especially one related to metabolic (change in body form) disease.
cryopathy
A morbid condition in which exposure to cold is an important factor. Also frigorism.
cyanopathy
Bluish discoloration of the skin caused by the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream.
cypridopathy
Another term for an illness with a venereal disease.
cytopathogenesis
The production of pathologic (disease) changes in cells.
cytopathogenetic
Relating to, or producing pathological changes in cells.
cytopathogenic
Relating to an agent, or substance, that causes a diseased condition in cells, in contrast to histologic changes (microscopic anatomy, as opposed to gross anatomy which involves structures that can be observed with the naked eye); used especially with reference to the effects observed in cells in tissue cultures.
cytopathologists
A physician, usually skilled in anatomical pathology, who is especially trained and experienced in cytopathology or disease changes within individual cells or cell types.

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