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-path

1.
a combining form occurring in personal nouns corresponding to abstract nouns ending in -pathy, with the general sense “one practicing such a treatment” (osteopath) or “one suffering from such an ailment” (psychopath).
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British Dictionary definitions for -path

-path

combining form
1.
denoting a person suffering from a specified disease or disorder: neuropath
2.
denoting a practitioner of a particular method of treatment: osteopath
Word Origin
back formation from -pathy
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Word Origin and History for -path

word-forming element used in modern formations to mean "one suffering from" (a disease or condition), from Greek -pathes, from pathos "suffering" (see pathos). Also "one versed in" (a certain type of treatment), in which cases it is a back-formation from -pathy in the related sense.

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-path in Medicine

-path suff.

  1. A practitioner of a specified kind of medical treatment: naturopath.

  2. One affected by a specified kind of disorder: sociopath.

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