-pathy

-pathy

a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “suffering,” “feeling” (antipathy; sympathy ); in compound words of modern formation, often used with the meaning “morbid affection,” “disease” (arthropathy; deuteropathy; neuropathy; psychopathy ), and hence used also in names of systems or methods of treating disease (allopathy; homeopathy; hydropathy; osteopathy ).
Compare -path, -pathia.


Origin:
combining form representing Greek pátheia suffering, feeling, equivalent to páth(os) pathos + -eia -y3

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-pathy
 
n combining form
1.  indicating feeling, sensitivity, or perception: telepathy
2.  indicating disease or a morbid condition: psychopathy
3.  indicating a method of treating disease: osteopathy
 
[from Greek patheia suffering; see pathos]
 
-pathic
 
adj combining form

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-pathy suff.

  1. Disease: neuropathy.

  2. A system of treating disease: homeopathy.

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