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.

cytopathology
1. The study of disease changes within individual cells or cell types.
2. The set of features, or conditions, associated with a diseased cell or cells.
cytopathy
1. Any disorder of a cell.
2. The branch of pathology that studies the effects of disease on the cellular level.
demonopathy
A mental disease in which the patient fancies himself/herself, or acts as if, he/she is possessed by a demon.
dermatopathic
A reference to a disease of the skin.
dermatopathology
dermatopathy
dermopathic
Pertaining to skin disorders.
dermopathy
dermosyphilopathy
1. Cutaneous lesions of syphilis.
2. Any syphilid (skin lesions of secondary syphilis).
desmopathology
1. The study of diseases that affect the ligaments or tendons.
2. The study of abnormalities of ligaments.
desmopathy
Any disease affecting the ligaments.
deuteropathic
deuteropathy
1. A secondary disease or symptom of a disease that results from another infection in the body.
2. Any abnormality that is secondary to another pathological condition.
3. A sympathetic affection of any part of the body; such as, a headache resulting from an overloaded stomach.
dipsopathy
Alcoholism; any diseased condition resulting from excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages.
diskopathy, discopathy
1. A disease of an intervertebral (situated or occurring between the vertebrae of the backbone) disk.
2. Disease of a disk; especially, of an invertebral disk.

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