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.

chondropathy (s) (noun), chondropathies (pl)
Disease of the cartilage: Lynn found out that chondropathy not only pertained to an illness of the cartilage, but was also divided into 5 groups with 0 - 2 considered as normal, and 3 - 4 determined as sick or infected.
coagulopathy (s) (noun), coagulopathies (pl)
A disease affecting the coagulability of the blood: Because the wound of Jane's hand wasn't healing well, she went to Dr. Smart who diagnosed it as being a case of coagulopathy, a weakness or disorder in the blood clotting process.
colonopathy (s) (noun), colonopathies (pl)
Any disordered condition of the colon; colopathy: Doug complained a lot about his abdomen hurting him, and his doctor told him that he had a condition of colonopathy which should be examined immediately and sent him to a specialist.
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 (s) (noun), craniopathies (pl)
Any pathological condition of the cranial bones: Craniopathy is a diffuse abnormality of the skull, especially one that is related to q metabolic (change in body form) disease.
cryopathy (s) (noun), cryopathies (pl)
A morbid condition in which exposure to a cold temperature is an important determinant; frigorism: Judy learned about cryopathy which referred to a person's tissues being destructed by freezing weather and could cause a blistering and tingling of the skin.
cyanopathy (s) (noun) (no pl)
Bluish discoloration of the skin caused by the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream; cyanosis: Mrs. Smith rushed her baby to the hospital because of a lividness of the skin, and Dr. Thompson described it as being a case of cyanopathy which had to be treated instantly.
cypridopathy (s) (noun) (no pl)
Another term for an illness with a venereal disease: Cypridopathy is an illness passed on or conveyed by sexual or genital interaction.
cytopathogenesis (s) (noun) (no pl)
The production of pathologic (disease) changes in cells: Cytopathogenesis occurs when the cells in the body are altered by the development of a disorder or serious affliction.
cytopathogenetic (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to, or producing pathological changes in cells: To determine the cytopathogenetic effects on a living form, tests were performed on mice in the lab.
cytopathogenic (adjective), more cytopathogenic, most 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): A cytopathogenic medium is used especially with reference to the effects observed in cells in tissue cultures.
cytopathologist (s) (noun), cytopathologists (pl)
A physician or scientist who specializes in disease changes within individual cells or cell types: A cytopathologist was consulted regarding the cell alterations of the mice that were tested in the lab during the experiments.
cytopathology (s) (noun), cytopathologies (pl)
The study of disease changes within individual cells or cell types: Cytopathology is the branch of pathology that pertains to the irregularities and alterations of cells.

Cytopathology relates to the set of features, or conditions, associated with a diseased cell or cells.

cytopathy (s) (noun), cytopathies (pl)
The branch of pathology that studies the disorders of a cell and the effects of disease on the cellular level: Tom was very interested in the cells of living creatures, and decided to learn more about the abnormalities of cells, or also termed cytopathy.
demonopathy (s) (noun) (no pl)
A mental illusion of possession by evil spirits: Demonopathy can also be described as a disease in which the patient fancies himself/herself, or acts as if, he/she is possessed by a demon.

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