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.

Referring to a disease originating outside the body.
exudative vitreoretinopathy
Vitreoretinopahy characterized by entry of protein and cells into the vitreous space of the eye.
fetopathy (s) (noun), fetopathies (pl)
1. A morbid condition in the embryo or fetus; embryopathy: Fetopathy is a disorder caused by an abnormal embryonic development resulting in congenital irregularities.
2. A disease in a fetus in the beginning of a mother's pregnancy: Fetopathy can arise between the middle of the first month and the end of the third month of intrauterine growth of the unborn baby and can be caused by a genetic disturbance, by poisoning, or by an infectious illness.
forensic pathology
A branch of medicine concerned with determining the cause of deaths usually for civil or criminal law cases.

The forensic pathologist performs autopsies to determine the cause of a death; such as, examining a bullet wound to the head, exsanguination, strangulation, etc. and the manner of a death (including homicide, accident, natural, or suicide).

Forensic pathologists also work closely with the coroner (England and Wales) or medical examiner (United States). The examination of dead bodies (autopsy or post mortem) is a subset of anatomical pathology.

Forensic pathologists are often also known as forensic medical examiners or police surgeons.

A primary disturbance in immunoglobulin.
A diseased condition of the central ganglia of the sympathetic system.
Any disorder of the alimentary canal.
Any disease of the stomach.
1. The study of the peculiarities of disease in relation to topography, climate, food habits, etc., of various regions of the earth.
2. The science concerned with the harmful effects on the body of environment, topography, climate, food and water supplies, and ecological factors.
glossopathy (glah SAHP uh thee) (s) (noun), glossopathies (pl)
Any disease of the tongue.
Someone who interprets personality disorders from the study of handwriting.
1. In psychology, the study of handwriting as a symptom of mental or emotional disorder.
2. Interpretation of personality disorders from a study of handwriting.
Any disease of, or peculiar to, women.

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