-path

-path

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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-path
 
n 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
 
[back formation from -pathy]

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-path
suffix used in modern formations to mean "one suffering from" (a disease or condition), also "one versed in" (a certain type of treatment), from Gk. -pathes, from pathos "suffering" (see pathos).
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-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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