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pathway

[path-wey, pahth-] /ˈpæθˌweɪ, ˈpɑθ-/
noun
1.
a path, course, route, or way.
2.
Biochemistry. a sequence of reactions, usually controlled and catalyzed by enzymes, by which one organic substance is converted to another.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; path + way1
Related forms
pathwayed, adjective
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Examples from the web for pathway
  • What a beautiful transformation of a boring side area into a handsome garden pathway and area.
  • When people play action games, they're changing the brain's pathway responsible for visual processing.
  • There is no pre-determined evolutionary pathway or trajectory.
  • Important connections between the cerebrum and the olive of the same side exist but the exact pathway is unknown.
  • Follow you the star that lights a desert pathway, yours or mine.
  • Its obligations throng the unexplored pathway of advancement, and will be limitless as duration.
  • The pathway for voluntary motor impulses is probably similar to that for the abducent nerve.
  • He too made every forest pathway dangerous to me and my ally with his lurking ambuscades.
  • People, it seems, have a special pathway of nerves that send pleasure signals to the brain when the skin is gently stroked.
  • When researchers attempt to add more than one new nutrient pathway, the genes tend to become scrambled in subsequent generations.
British Dictionary definitions for pathway

pathway

/ˈpɑːθˌweɪ/
noun
1.
another word for path (sense 1), path (sense 2)
2.
a route to or way of access to; way of reaching or achieving something
3.
courses taken by a student to gain entry to a higher course or towards a final qualification
4.
(biochem) a chain of reactions associated with a particular metabolic process
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Word Origin and History for pathway
n.

1530s, from path + way (n.). An etymological tautology.

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pathway in Medicine

pathway path·way (pāth'wā')
n.

  1. A course usually followed by a body part or process.

  2. A chain of nerve fibers along which impulses normally travel.

  3. A sequence of enzymatic or other reactions by which one biological material is converted to another.

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pathway in Science
pathway
  (pāth'wā')   
  1. A chain of nerve fibers along which impulses normally travel.

  2. A sequence of enzymatic or other reactions by which one biological material is converted to another.


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