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[id-ee-op-uh-thee] /ˌɪd iˈɒp ə θi/
noun, plural idiopathies.
a disease not preceded or occasioned by any known morbid condition.
Origin of idiopathy
1630-40; < New Latin idiopathīa < Greek idiopátheia disease or affection of local origin. See idio-, -pathy Unabridged
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noun (pl) -thies
any disease of unknown cause
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idiopathic (ˌɪdɪəʊˈpæθɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for idiopathy

1640s, Modern Latin, from Greek idiopatheia, from comb. form of idios "one's own" (see idiom) + -patheia, comb. form of pathos "suffering, disease, feeling" (see pathos). Related: idiopathic.

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idiopathy in Medicine

idiopathy id·i·op·a·thy (ĭd'ē-ŏp'ə-thē)

  1. A disease of unknown origin or cause.

  2. A primary disease arising spontaneously with no apparent external cause.

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